Dounreay and Highlands and Islands Enterprise Working Together
4th July 2012
As the opportunities for renewable energy increase in the North of Scotland, the lead partner in the Dounreay site, Babcock, announces its continued support to bring jobs into the area.
The secondment of June Love, Dounreay, to support Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) activities in the sectors of Energy and Business Services demonstrates a real partnership working between the private and the public sectors.
This follows the successful secondment of Babcock's Simon Coles whose secondment finished in June 2012.
The secondment is to support HIE in its mission to bring new jobs to the area and to grow inward investment opportunities.
June will be working closely with local partners and other government agencies including Scottish Development International. She will also lead on the recently established Caithness Ambassadors programme. This programme enables business leaders to highlight the commercial opportunities that the area has to offer to their contacts. June will follow up with these leaders and is also looking to grow the number promoting the opportunities in Caithness.
The secondment is for a year and June hopes she will be able to capitalise and maximise on the work that Simon has done bringing some additional structure and momentum in the delivery of inward investment activities.
June has worked at Dounreay for over 30 years and manages the Community Relations Department as well as providing support to the site's socio-economic activities. She will be seconded 50 per cent of her time to HIE and is looking forward to the challenge. She said: "Simon has done a great job building up contacts and helping to attract business interest to the area. I'm looking forward to building on the good work that Simon has started and hopefully will help to make a difference in the longer term."
Roy Kirk, HIE Area Manager, added: "The secondment arrangement has proved valuable in supporting the inward investment activities for the area and we are delighted that Dounreay has agreed to second June to the HIE team to continue that support."
Roger Hardy, Dounreay's Managing Director said: "We are delighted to continue our support to HIE. We are committed to working in partnership with the local economic agencies and June brings great strengths to this task. She also has the ability to reach back into the site's Socio-Economic team as well as the parent bodies, such as Babcock team."
June works with a number of local organisations and has been involved with the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership since its inception in 2007.
Creative professionals across Scotland are being urged to apply to a ground breaking course taking place in the Highlands and Islands this summer. The Pixel Lab 2015, coming to Scotland for the first time, helps participants create, develop, finance and distribute stories in today's media climate.
Around 90 representatives from the North's forestry sector will hear about the latest thinking on pollution prevention and control in the Highlands and Islands this week. The Highlands and Islands Forest Industry Cluster (HIFIC) is behind the event being held at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in Inverness this Thursday 26 February at 5pm.
Companies are being invited to attend Dounreay's annual Suppliers Day on February 26. The event will take place at The Weigh Inn in Thurso from 1.00pm.
More than 6,000 homes and businesses in the two Caithness towns are able to order fibre based broadband now, with speeds of up to 80 mbps, delivered through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project. Services will be available to another 700 plus premises soon, as cabinets currently in the final stages of activation in Wick go live.
Four contractors have been appointed to deliver the Highlands and Islands Creative Industries Network Programme over the next three years. The appointments follow the launch last night (11 December 2014) of a new five-year Creative Industries Strategy by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at Eden Court in Inverness.
Dounreay's beach monitoring fleet has a new look with the addition of new vehicles - the Metrac H5 all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The H5s are fitted with the same GroundhogTM Evolution monitoring equipment as the current ATVs, so this is a change of looks but not a change of function.
The Government's rollout of superfast broadband has passed more than 1.5 million premises and is now reaching more than 40,000 additional homes and businesses every week. In the Highlands and Islands more than 30,000 premises can now access a faster and reliable service as a result of the work carried out to date.
Building work has begun on a new enterprise and research centre at Inverness Campus. The building will house a new collaboration between two of the region's key strategic organisations.
The economic and social value of Gaelic as a unique asset for Scotland is the focus of a pioneering study which is published today. Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has led a partnership project to research ways in which Gaelic is currently being used to deliver economic and social benefits to businesses, social enterprises and communities, and how its impact can be maximised.
More than 15,000 homes and businesses across Highland will benefit from the next phase of fibre broadband roll-out, as part of the £146m Digital Highlands and Islands project. Work over the next six months will bring next generation broadband to 15 new communities in the Highlands and Islands, and roll-out is extending into Caithness for the first time.
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