North Companies take to Global Stage at All-Energy Exhibition
16th May 2011
A number of ambitious Caithness companies are heading to Aberdeen this week to target new business at the UK's largest renewable energy event.
The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference this year has attracted over 500 exhibitors from 20 countries across the world. Being held on Wednesday and Thursday, it is a key event for Caithness and Sutherland businesses seeking opportunities in manufacturing or supply for wind, wave, tidal, hydro and biomass technologies.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is taking a number of local companies on its stand, under the banner of its 'Invest Caithness' initiative, a partnership project funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
Chamber Chief Executive Trudy Morris said: "Given the area's on-going work in the energy sector, All-Energy is one of the most important events of the calendar for Caithness Chamber members. Our stand has been very busy over the past two years, and we expect attendance to be even greater this year.
"Our Invest Caithness brand gives us the opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the key assets and capabilities of the area. We will be sharing the space with local companies such as Energy Hunt, Mowat Technical Design Services & Caledonia Green Innovation, Scrabster Harbour Trust, Ignis Energy, Wick Harbour Authority and New Park Ltd as well as carrying information on a range of other local businesses.
"We will also be promoting our new "Make The Right Connections" skills programme which has been funded by the European Social Fund, NDA, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). This programme aims to redefine the skills of the local area, match them to the requirements of the emergent sectors, assist in addressing the skills gap and train for the future. We firmly believe Caithness and north Sutherland has much offer and benefit the global energy market."
A number of local companies will also be taking their own All-Energy exhibition space. These include the Environmental Research Centre with the University of the Highlands and Islands and Scrabster with the Port Services Group.
Caithness based renewable engineering firm EnergyHunt, which delivers engineering and marine project management services for a wide range of international renewables clients, will also be there.
EnergyHunt's founder and director, Richard Hunt said: "We are currently winning energy contracts in the north and elsewhere through new and repeat business with utilities, technology developers and in offering project support for larger consultancies from outwith the area. We see All-Energy as an opportunity to promote our services, skills and experience and to bring added commerce to the area."
HIE will be featuring 68 Highlands and Islands companies through its stand under the "HIE Energy" brand.
Calum Davidson, HIE's new Director of Energy & Low Carbon, said: "Our area is home to arguably the best combination of natural resources, technology development, testing and deployment infrastructure and a highly skilled and expert workforce and supply chain. Events like this allow us to work with global businesses to ensure we create the right conditions at the right time allowing our local companies to be fully integrated into UK and European supply chains."
Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Caithness Transport Forum have long been concerned about the economic impact of the Berriedale Braes on the region and are now calling on the Scottish Government to commit to funding a solution this year. "For too long, the Scottish Government has ignored the impact the Berriedale Braes has on those living and working in the North of Scotland and Orkney Isles," said Chamber chief executive Trudy Morris, who also chairs the Transport Forum.
International engineering firm Enterprise Engineering Services (EES), which has a base in Caithness, is one of the first fabrication companies to achieve the Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme accreditation, BS EN ISO 3834. This demonstrates EES' capabilities for high integrity welding.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it is now accepting entries for the George Bruce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015. Now in its sixth year, the award aims to highlight a young, local businessperson who has displayed the necessary drive and determination to make their business a success.
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), a joint venture partnership formed between SSE Renewables (75%) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%), has announced that Wick Harbour is likely to become the future location of the Beatrice offshore wind farm Operation and Maintenance base (O&M). A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been finalised with Wick Harbour Authority and BOWL this week.
The Scottish cabinet was in Wick on monday 14th July 2014..
Wick Harbour Authority is making progress with its plans to create a heavy-lift facility on the commercial quay at Wick harbour, with contractors Gunns Lybster Ltd having now begun the work. The project, and its associated dredging works, was supported by CNSRP partners HIE and NDA respectively and is the first of several proposed phases of work to position the harbour as a key player in the energy sector, with the current focus being on potential to benefit from the development of Offshore Wind in the Moray Firth.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce has been set into action following announcments about the rollout of rual braodband as Caithness will not see any benefit for some time yet. The chamber has contacted their meber businesses but would be interested to hear from any Caithness business that thinks slow broadband is affecting their business.
Influential energy trade body Energy North has unveiled an ambitious new two-year business strategy which will see the organisation grow its physical presence and increase its support for member businesses and industry development across the North of Scotland. Over the coming months Energy North is to recruit three regionally-based area developers covering Caithness, Ross-shire and Inverness, Moray, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, and Argyll and Lochaber, with chief executive, Ian Couper leading on Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.
Wick Harbour Authority’s ambitious plans to attract new jobs to the area from the offshore wind industry have received a boost with the combined support of £450,000 from two partners in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP). The Harbour Authority is positioning the port to attract business from the two large offshore wind developments in the Moray Firth, and is currently working on a multi-phase programme to ensure that its facilities meet the requirements of industry.
The Highland Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) has awarded funding of £30,098 to Wick Harbour Authority for the purchase of additional infrastructure to increase the capacity at Wick Marina from 72 to 84 berths. Interpretation panels will also be installed in the area around the harbour to promote the maritime heritage of Wick and provide information regarding the diversification process to create a modern port.
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