Businesses providing either property construction or advisory services in the Highlands and Islands are being urged to attend seminars across the region intended to highlight changes in the way Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will be buying and delivering some services. HIE is to adopt an approach called supply partnering, which consists of providing services, either for its clients or for the network itself, through a partnership approach with a number of key, strategic suppliers.
A new generation of skilled workers are to have their achievements recognised in a national award scheme. Entries are currently being invited from businesses throughout the country for the 2003 Modern Apprenticeship awards.
Wick based, Training Consultancy, JIT Training has won a contract to provide CRM Training to international news agency Reuters. JIT Training will be working in partnership with London based CRM Consultancy, Extraprise Ltd.
Scotland's 143,000 small and medium sized businesses will soon have access to a previously unavailable source of finance, with the launch of a pioneering point of sale rental finance facility. Bank of Scotland Business Banking and innovative Australian financial services company, RentSmart have created a joint venture, RentSmart Ltd that will launch the new facility in the UK in May.
A young Thurso man has become the first person in the Highlands, and only the second in Scotland, to achieve a Modern Apprenticeship in Craft Bakery. Colin Gauld, who has been employed by Reid's Bakery at Riverside Place in Thurso since 1999, was presented with a certificate in recognition of his achievement at a ceremony in the Pentland Hotel today (Friday 28 March).
An innovative piece of agricultural machinery designed to assist in the treatment of sick or injured cattle is now available for hire in the far north, with help from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). G, E & A Mowat of Quoynee Farm near Halkirk have been awarded a business development grant worth £1,500 towards the purchase of an Aqua Cow Riser Tank, which can be hired out to vets and other farmers in the area through the Caithness Machinery Ring.
Most people know that the housing market in Scotland's major cities have been booming of late, but what is less well known is that house prices in the rural Highlands are buoyant too with Thurso in particular recording noticeable increases in prices over the last few years. A Highland home is, of course, an inviting prospect for many who are lured to the region by the various attractions of a rural retreat where they can live and indulge in a range of outdoor pursuits on their doorstep.
Pupils from 16 Caithness and Sutherland primary schools will converge at the Weigh Inn Hotel in Thurso on Tuesday (25 March) to take part in a schools enterprise challenge. The pupils - all from P4 to P7 - will be given just four hours to come up with an original business idea, then design and make their product and devise a marketing plan.
Divers in Caithness have taken the first step towards realising plans to build a Dive Centre in Wick thanks to Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) CASE has awarded the Far North Sub Aqua Club a funding package totalling £3,147 - which includes over £1,500 from the European-funded Community Economic Development (CED) programme - towards phase one of the project. The Far North Sub Aqua Club is leasing a plot of land from Wick Harbour Trust where it plans to build a Dive Centre, which will provide storage space for equipment and a classroom facility for diving courses.
Recruit Wick is a multi agency initiative aimed at supporting and assisting small businesses on all aspects of the recruitment process. This project follows on from the highly successful Recruit Sutherland which operated as an 18 month pilot project from April 2001.
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Photo shows: L to R: William Calder (Senior), fish merchant, Annemarie Monteforte, Business Development Manager, CASE and William Calder (Junior), fish merchant. A new Â£1 million fish grading and packaging factory is to be built at Scrabster Harbour with funding support from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department.
Photo shows, L to R:- Stewart Ganson, M M Miller (contractor), Chris Sinclair, Assistant Business Development Manager and Annemarie Monteforte, Business Development Manager, both CASE, Calum MacKenzie, Pentarq and Michael Smith, M M Miller. Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) is spending over £1.2 million creating two advance offices in Golspie and Wick in a bid to attract inward investors or to help indigenous companies to grow.
Caithness entrepreneur LIAM GUNN (23) of Quoys of Reiss near Wick has used his experience of heavy vehicle operation and knowledge of the local area to go into business with the help of the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT). Liam, as LJ Gunn (Plant), started trading on 1st December 2002 and at present is kept busy during the winter with work throughout Caithness with his 360 degree tracked excavator, providing ditch cleaning, drainage and other services.
Two Thurso colleagues have combined their experience in early years education to produce a Play and Learn kit which is generating interest from the education establishment, Early Years carers and parents. Recent attendance at the Education Technology Show held in London at the start of this year has shown a keen demand for their products, as well as future development.
Computer game enthusiasts in the far north are all rushing to Thurso, with the opening of a dedicated computer gaming centre in the town. With assistance from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE), and a great deal of encouragement from his family, Michael Mathews (23) has set up Game Time Limited.
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) is committing over £600,000 towards environmental renewal works aimed at improving the external surroundings of the Forss Business and Technology Park, which is under development near Thurso. New Park Highland Ltd - developers of the Business and Technology Park - bought the site in November last year.
Whether you like being in the water or up in the air, two new schools are opening in Caithness for those with a sense of adventure. With assistance from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE), the Phoenix Flying School and Thurso Surf both open their doors for business this month.
Donna Fleming, Managing Consultant of JIT Training, recently achieved Senior Associate Membership of the Institute of I T Training. Acceptance as Senior Associate is based on demonstration of an in depth understanding of the theory and practice behind IT Training, combined with considerable practical experience and business references.
Three new directors have been appointed to the board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). Joining the board is Colin Gregory who has a long and notable career in the nuclear power industry.