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News Archive


26/6/2005
Tourism Gets Active
The second phase of the European-funded 'HIE Activity' scheme is well under way across the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) network area.   'HIE Activity 2', which was approved by the Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme on the 1st of February this year (2005), runs until the end of June 2006.  
CASE Approvals List - May 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
16/6/2005
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Launch New Strategy
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE), today (Friday June 17), launched its new strategy 'A Smart Successful Highlands and Islands'.   The document, which spells out HIE's objectives over the coming three to five years, is published in both English and Gaelic and is available online at Highlands And Islands Enterprise Network Strategy,or from any HIE network office.  
HIE Network Announces Results For 2004 - 05
The economy of the Highlands and Islands is continuing to improve, with unemployment showing a steady downward trend while population levels are rising.   That was the message today (Thursday 26 May) from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
Norfrost in Administration
NOTE: This statement from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise has been issued following KPMG's announcement that Caithness white goods manufacturer Norfrost has gone into administration.   A copy of the KPMG release follows, for reference.  
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17/5/2005
Natural Produce Set To Clean Up On-Line
Busy bees can now get on with the housework, safe in the knowledge they can do so in an environmentally-friendly manner, thanks to the products of a new Caithness business.   Kristin Douglas has set up Wax Nostalgic Ltd, based at her home in Halkirk, through which she will produce a range of handmade, environmentally-friendly, products for use around the home, available from her website at http://www.waxnostalgic.co.uk The range will include furniture polish, leather and wood care products, antibacterial and antifungal and general cleaning sprays, all made with a very high content of natural materials such as bees wax, organic and non-organic essential oils, pure vegetable oils and resins.  
CASE Approvals List - April 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
14/5/2005
New Caithness.org Arts Index
This should make life easier for anyone looking for people connected with Arts, Music, Drama Dance and other arts related activities in Caithness.   The new section is for anyone whether professional artist, sculptor, musician, writer or community based.  
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10/5/2005
Double success for RWE NUKEM
RWE NUKEM has had a double success in safety and environmental performance.   For the eighth consecutive year, the Company has achieved one of the UK's most respected safety awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) – the Gold Medal for best practice in health and safety.  
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22/4/2005
NVQ certificates in Nuclear Decommissioning for RWE NUKEM Employees
Pictured above is the presentation of NVQ level 2 Certificates in Nuclear Decommissioning to RWE NUKEM operatives at Dounreay.  The presentation was carried out by Ian Laidlaw, NDA Site Programme Manager - Region 4.  
CASE Approvals List - March 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Business Learning Accounts
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has announced the introduction of Business Learning Accounts (BLAs), targeting small businesses in the area.   Businesses across other parts of the Highlands have already used BLAs to broaden their product range, to establish a market for new crops, for specialised survey training and to diversify and establish sector "best practice".  
26/3/2005
Advertise Your Caithness Property FREE Of Charge
Our new property page format allows you to place an ad for a property yourself.   We have just set up the new format for our property section and you can now advertise properties for sale FREE of charge.  
Geddes Windows Lands £6million Contract For 24,000 Windows
Geddes Window Systems Ltd, part of the D M Geddes Group based in Halkirk, Caithness has secured a substantial contract for the supply of timber windows to Your Homes Newcastle.   The organisation employs 100 workers between its factory and construction interests.  
Caithness company receives Investors in People 10 Year Achievement Award
A Caithness-based organisation has received an award in recognition of its 10 year commitment to using the business improvement tool, the Investors in People Standard.   Ackergill Tower picked up the accolade at a gala dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday evening (23 March 2005).  
Graduate Fair At Thurso - Thursday 7 April 2005
Following the success of a pilot event last year, graduates and employers in Caithness and Sutherland are once again to be given the opportunity to meet and discuss mutual benefits.   The second Graduate Fair will take place in Thurso Town Hall, on Thursday 7th April, from 4pm - 7pm.  
23/3/2005
Spring Has Sprung So Turn Down And Turn Off
Clocks are not the only thing that should be changed when workers return after Easter, according to leading energy company Powergen.   With the start of British Summer Time (BST) on Sunday (March 27), Powergen says remembering to lower thermostats and adjust lighting timers after the Bank Holiday could lower small- and medium-sized businesses’ (SMEs) energy consumption and bills.  
CASE Approvals List - February 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Dunbeath Engineering To Supply Components For Decommissioning
A local Caithness firm, Dunbeath Engineering Limited (DEL), is investing in new equipment which will allow them to provide another local firm, Orion/D Gow and Son Ltd, with components for a decommissioning-related contract for UKAEA at Dounreay.   DEL manufactures a range of machine tool accessories, which are sold throughout the world.  
CASE Invests £2.6 million In AEAT Battery Systems
AEAT Battery Systems Limited (ABSL) in Thurso has embarked on an ambitious development project, with help from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and supported by the Scottish Executive - which could ultimately result in additional jobs at the company's Thurso plant, Denchi House.   The new development will safeguard ABSL's existing 150 employees in Thurso and once technology from the latest research and development projects is proven and commercialised, the company expect the workforce to increase significantly.