A European funded initiative, aimed at helping accommodation providers upgrade their premises, is proving a real success for one Thurso business. The Station Hotel, which is owned by Pam and Stan Egan, has just attained a three star grading from Visitscotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) after the couple spent £133,000 on a facelift for the hotel.
The issues and problems facing Europe's island, mountain and sparsely populated regions are being highlighted in Brussels today in a bid to make sure that future EC policies reflect their special circumstances. (Wednesday 17th October) The case is being put during Highlands and Islands day - part of Scotland Week - held at Scotland House in Brussels.
www.caithness.org has won both the prestigious Site Of The Year award and Best Community Site in the Yell.com/Awards 2001. The winning websites were announced at an exclusive awards ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, at the Atlantis Gallery in London on 3 October 2001.
Land reform is already a key element in development strategies which are helping people living in the Highlands and Islands to benefit from a growing economy and from the lowest unemployment rates the area has ever seen. The Scottish Executive is absolutely right, therefore, to be planning further reform.
People in the far north who are thinking about starting their own business are being given the opportunity to get their venture off to a good start by signing up for a series of courses organised by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) under the Network-wide HIE Starts scheme. HIE Starts in an initiative which helps give new businesses support and financial assistance by providing a regular income over the first 12 months of trading - traditionally the hardest.
A north industrial estate which has lain derelict for years is set for a major overhaul and clean-up. The £341,000 investment is being made to the site at Janetstown on the outskirts of Thurso in a joint collaboration between Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and local firm JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd.
The Highland Business Women's Club was the fifth Scottish Businesswomen's Club launched in 1995. It exists to provide a framework to support women in business by creating opportunities to make new social and professional contacts, exchange ideas and learn from experienced members of the business community and many other things.
Scorrie who? Scorrie Internet Services, that's who. Bill & Niall Fernie have teamed up again to start building Web Sites for Local Businesses and helping to promote them through Caithness.Org and the other affiliated sites.
Two north horse riding clubs have cleared the final hurdle in their bid to establish a cross country horse riding course for their members. The Caithness Riding Club and the Caithness branch of The Pony Club are behind the £30,000 (pounds) course which will be constructed this summer at Northfield near Halkirk in Caithness.