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News Archive


9/3/2005
David Masters The Music
A new mastering engineering business based in Wick is hitting all the right notes since opening at the start of the year.   Norwick Mastering was set up by David Shearer who spent over 12 years as a mastering engineer with Grampian Records Ltd.  
4/3/2005
HIE's Biggest Public Consultation Exercise Nears Completion
A huge public consultation exercise to help determine the future activities of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is drawing to a close.   Since January the economic and community development agency has been seeking the views of its staff, stakeholders, partner organisations, businesses, communities and individuals as part of the process of identifying its strategic priorities for the coming years.  
Three New Board Members For CASE
The board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has been strengthened with the appointment of three new directors, who attended their first board meeting this week (Tuesday 1st March).   Joining the Local Enterprise Company's board are Steve Burness, Alexander Murray and Iain Young.  
New Garden Services Business
Kevin Owen from Westerdale is now offering a tree and garden service.  His tree work and gardening services include a wide range of jobs that busy people may find they have no time to do or have the expertise to carry out.  
CASE Approvals List - January 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Geddes Windows
As part of a long term development project to secure larger contracts and increase productivity, Geddes Window Systems Ltd (GWS), is reorganising their factory space and buying a range of new specialised equipment.   GWS manufactures timber framed windows and doors from its factory in Halkirk, Caithness.  
8/2/2005
Business Trends, Opportunities And Risks Worldwide
The Economist Intelligence Unit has just published a new white paper on the business trends, opportunities and risks that preoccupy global business leaders, based on a worldwide survey of 500 senior executives.  The report is sponsored by Dimension Data and Oracle Corporation.  
SAC Single Farm Payment Meetings in HIE AREA
SAC is organising a series of meetings throughout the Highlands and Islands which aim to help farmers and crofters understand how the new Single Farm Payment Scheme works.   The meetings will take place over the next six weeks (see below for times and venues) prior to the deadline for IACS applications on 16 May 2005.  
7/2/2005
New Energy Switching Service For Small Businesses
Powergen creates UK's first online energy switching service for small businesses Bosses who believe that 'time is money' can now change energy suppliers in the time it takes to boil a kettle with the UK's first online 'quick quote' service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) 1 from leading energy supplier Powergen.   The new service is available at www.powergen.co.uk and allows SMEs to obtain a quote in around two minutes based on their current consumption levels.  
UKAEA Chooses Johnson Controls For Facilities Management Contract
UKAEA today announced it has selected Johnson Controls as preferred bidder for its facilities management contract at Dounreay following a competitive tendering exercise.   The contract covers a wide range of site services to support the decommissioning programme, including building, roads and ground maintenance, catering, cleaning and laundry, transport and industrial waste disposal.  
18/1/2005
HIE Launches Its Biggest Public Consultation
A HUGE public consultation exercise is being launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Responses to the widest exercise of its kind in the 40-year history of the economic and community development agency and its predecessor, the Highlands and Islands Development Board, will help determine HIE's future activities.  
Skills Grants
People in Caithness and Sutherland who aren't working or who work part time and want to move into full time employment are being encouraged by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) to take up an individual skills development grant.   CASE offers help, advice and funding - up to 750 a year depending on circumstances - to people who can't find work or who are working part-time and want to improve their job prospects.  
CASE Approvals List - December 2004
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
28/12/2004
Private Property Leasing Scheme - Do You Have Property To Let?
COUNCIL ENCOURAGED WITH RESPONSE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY LEASING SCHEME Highland Council's Housing Service has been greatly encouraged by its public appeal earlier this month to private property owners to consider leasing their properties to the Council.   Members and officials have welcomed the response from 24 people from throughout the Highlands who have contacted Housing staff to enquire about the Council's private leasing scheme.  
Robert Goes Up In The World
Caithness man Robert Miller has moved up in the world, starting his own business, RWM Training, providing on-site training and testing on fork lift trucks, telescopic handlers and cherry pickers.   Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has assisted Robert to set up RWM Training with a business start-up grant of 3,600 paid in 12 monthly instalments.  
19/12/2004
Taxi Increases To Take Effect From 10 January 2005
A 5% increase in taxi fares throughout the Highlands will come into force from Monday 10 January 2005.   The Highland Council has been able to confirm the increase following rejection of an appeal to Richard Hamilton McFarlane, Deputy Traffic Commissioner in the Scottish Traffic Area, that the increase was inadequate.  
CASE Approvals List - November 2004
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
New Directors For CASE
The chairman of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE), Pat Buchanan, long with chief executive Carroll Buxton, welcomed three new directors to the local enterprise company's board yesterday (Tuesday 14th December).   The three new members are David Halpin, who lives in Dornoch; Willie Calder from Thurso and Nick Gorton, based in Lochinver.  
Fathoms Dive Into Training
A sub sea services company specialising in the offshore and onshore monitoring and removal of radiological contamination is training two of its key staff in health physics with assistance from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE).   Fathoms Ltd, which operates from Wick harbour, has received a training and development scheme grant from the local enterprise company to allow the two members of staff to undertake City and Guilds levels one and two in radiation safety practice.  
Highlands & Islands Leading Environmentally-Positive Firms Announced
Companies go through to Scotland-wide final of VIBES awards next week The Highlands and Islands most environmentally-positive companies have been announced by judges of Scotland's leading environmental awards for businesses.   Global provider of total subsea solutions, Wick-based Subsea 7, has won the Highlands and Islands large company category, salmon farming specialist Loch Duart, based in Scourie, has won the Highlands and Islands medium-sized company category while Shetland-based recycling project Enviroglass came top in the Highlands and Islands category for small companies.