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Mey Selections Farmers Drive For Low Carbon
North Highland Products Ltd - which produces Mey Selections branded products - has received funds from the London-based Carbon Trust to investigate how farmers in the North Highland can reduce their carbon emissions.   John Strak, Managing Director of North Highland Products, commented, "SAOS, (The Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society), asked us to join its project with several other partners in a project being financed by The Carbon Trust.  
HIE NETWORK UNVEILS SPENDING PLANS FOR NEXT THREE YEARS
Plans to invest almost 375 million over the next three years in economic and community development across the Highlands and Islands have just been published by the area's enterprise network.   The latest operating plan from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) details the key strategic projects which the development agency will be backing between now and 2010, along with a set of eight 'primary measure' targets covering many smaller-scale initiatives.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 22Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 22
DOUNREAY SETS NEW RECORD FOR SAFETY PERFORMANCE As of Friday March 16, Dounreay had gone a record 184 days without a lost-time accident.  This is equivalent to 2.18 million man-hours of work.  
BBC SHOWCASES NORTH HIGHLAND PRODUCTSThumbnail for article : BBC SHOWCASES NORTH HIGHLAND PRODUCTS
The prestigious BBC Radio 4 Food Programme paid a visit recently to Caithness, resulting in a 30 minute broadcast last weekend (March11) applauding the success of the Mey Selections brand and its parent company, North Highland Products.   Sheila Dillon, the presenter of the programme, spent some time in the area visiting, amongst others, Mey Selections beef and lamb producers.  
19/3/2007
FREIGHT DEMAND IN 2007 - GOOD NEWS FOR SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND
The domestic road freight market remains buoyant so far this year after the busiest festive season since the Freight Transport Association's quarterly market trends survey began in 1996.   All regions of the UK are seeing increased demand for freight services with most optimism reported in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  
CYCLOPS Takes You Where No Man Has Gone - Inside The Reactor Core - Watch The Video
Another ground-breaking device is leading the way with decommissioning Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR).   The innovative purpose built device, nicknamed Cyclops, was designed in-house by UKAEA's specialist design team.  
New Tabloid Hits The Streets At DounreayThumbnail for article : New Tabloid Hits The Streets At Dounreay
A free newspaper has hit the streets of Caithness.   But the proprietors of the local John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier don't need to worry.  
PATH IS CLEARED THROUGH FOOD SAFETY CONFUSION
A BRAND new easy-to-access system for small and medium sized food manufacturers to introduce a food safety quality assurance scheme will be launched on Monday (March 19) at the International Food Exhibition in London.   It has come about after four food-chain organisations recognised that although smaller food providers are being courted more and more by retailers and food service companies, their ability to meet the demands of a range of different buyers is often blighted by confusion over exactly what quality assurance level they are required to aspire to.  
A & D Furnishers Have Moved To The Old Glass Factory In WickThumbnail for article : A & D Furnishers Have Moved To The Old Glass Factory In Wick
A & D Furnishers have moved from their former premises at Breadalbane in Wick.   They are now located in the former Caithness Glass Factory next to the Tesco store on the edge of Wick.  
13/3/2007
Another Tesco Store Rejected For Inverness
Superstore rejected on Ness-side, Inverness Members of The Highland Council's City of Inverness Planning Applications Committee today (13 March) unanimously refused an application for a district shopping centre, including a Tesco superstore, unit shops, petrol filling station and sites for hotel and doctors~ surgery on land at Ness-side, Dores Road, Inverness.   The application was for the development of a district centre comprising a 4,447sqm superstore, additional commercial units, land for hotel and medical centre, car parking and landscaping on land to the west of Dores Road at the western most end of the Inverness Trunk Road Link formerly known as the Inverness Southern Distributor Road.  
12/3/2007
CALLING ALL SCOTTISH BUSINESS HEROES!
BARCLAYS LAUNCHES AWARDS AS A UNIQUE TRIBUTE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TURNED THEIR LIVES AROUND BY STARTING A BUSINESS People who have triumphed against the odds to set up a small business are to be recognised in a unique awards scheme to be launched this week (March 12), sponsored by Barclays and backed by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).   The Barclays Trading Places Awards - now in their third year - aim to recognise men and women from all over the UK who have overcome various barriers and battled against adversity to positively change their lives by setting up in business.  
12/3/2007
CAITHNESS COMPANIES URGED TO ENTER NATIONAL AWARDS
The National Business Awards for Scotland recognises and rewards excellence, innovation and success.  Uniquely open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector - public or private, companies from around the Caithness area are now being invited to take part in this year's competition.  
Looking For A Comfortable Cottage In 2007? Then Come To CaithnessThumbnail for article : Looking For A Comfortable Cottage In 2007? Then Come To Caithness
What better way to spend a week or two in the far north than by renting a cottage.   Caithness Cottages have two excellent cottages available and they are sure to be in demand with a huge variety of events taking place in the county this year.  
Dounreay Visitor Centre Will Not Open In 2007
OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW Old age and severe weather have taken their toll on the seasonal visitor centre at Dounreay.  The former World War Two air traffic control tower was damaged during severe flooding in November.  
SGL TECHNIC TO CREATE UP TO 64 NEW JOBS IN MUIR OF ORD
Carbon Fibre Manufacturer Announces 22m Investment Over 3 Years SGL Technic Ltd, a subsidiary of German based SGL Group, today announced a 22m investment to expand its manufacturing facility in Muir of Ord, near Inverness creating up to 64 new jobs over the next 3 years and safeguarding the employment of the company's 85 staff.   The Wiesbaden headquartered company is a leader in the research, development and manufacture of products made from carbon, graphite and composite materials.  
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8/3/2007
Caithness Firms Wanted For All Energy Exhibition In Aberdeen
Louise Smith of Ormlie Renewables has booked a stand (18 metres square) at the All energy Exhibition in Aberdeen and invites Caithness companies and organisations to participate in the Caithness stand.   She has created an excellent opportunity and if you want to know more, get involved please contact Louise Anna The All-Energy exhibition and conference is the UK's largest event devoted to renewable energy.  
Careers Convention At Thurso High School - Wednesday 7 March
Careers Scotland, HIE Caithness and Sutherland host the Annual Careers Convention on Wednesday 7th March 2007, from 5.30-8.30pm at Thurso High School.   If you're thinking about a new job, updating your skills, facing redundancy or change, then come along to the Careers Convention.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 21Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 21
SIMON MIDDLEMAS IS NEW SITE DIRECTOR Simon Middlemas has been appointed as the new director of the nuclear decommissioning site at Dounreay in succession to Norman Harrison.  Simon has been acting director since August 2006 and prior to that he was deputy director.  
Former Minister Peter Peacock Sees Demolition Work At DounreayThumbnail for article : Former Minister Peter Peacock Sees Demolition Work At Dounreay
Highlands and Islands MSP and former Education Minister Peter Peacock made a fact-finding visit to Dounreay on 26 February 2007.   The group saw at first hand the demolition of the fast reactor experiment and visited the site of the latest building to be removed from the skyline - the site's former security office known as D9973.  
27/2/2007
Slow Disposal Of Company Cars Could Be Costing 10 A Day Per Car
New Report from Professor Peter Cooke, Nottingham Business School identifies the risks of lack of Board focus on company car disposal.   BCA Vehicle Remarketing has published a new report, 'Rethinking Used Business Vehicle Disposal Strategy', independently researched and written by Professor Peter Cooke of Nottingham Business School.