Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
9th January 2015
Week Commencing 5 January 2015
Tourism, Food & Drink:
This month marks the start of Scotland's Year of Food & Drink. Local companies had a year of encouraging activities in 2014, with products from businesses such as Reid's of Caithness, Caithness Biscuits, Annie’s Bakery, JPL Shellfish, Scrabster Seafoods, Caithness Chocolate, Berry Good, Dunnet Bay Distillers, Pulteney Distillery and Wolfburn Distillery all making progress in local, national and international markets. Indeed Annie’s Bakery (based at Canisbay in Caithness) was one of several Highlands & Islands businesses featured in product tastings at a joint HIE/ Sail Scotland presence at the London Boat Show this week. VisitScotland has also established a Food & Drink Growth Fund to help marketing campaigns inspired by Scotland’s food & drink offering. The first application deadline of the year will be 20th February. Details on the Fund and how to apply are at http://www.visitscotland.org/business_support/marketing_opportunities/growth_fund/year_of_food_and_drink_growth.aspx You can also find out more about the events and initiatives planned during the year at http://www.eventscotland.org/funding/year-of-food-and-drink-2015/ The programme will have monthly themes, with the first three months focussing on Traditional Foods, The Food of Love and Brewing & Distilling.
Next week sees the last of the series of workshops being run by Highland Council to allow discussion and comment on the Main Issues Report for the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan. The workshop will take place in Brora Community Centre on Monday 12th January, with display boards available to view from 5.30pm and the workshop taking place from 6.30-8.30pm. More information on the Main issues Report and the Local development Plan is at www.highland.gov.uk/casplan
The multi-partner "Jobs & How To Get Them" event will return to the ETEC building at North Highland College in Thurso from 10am-2pm on Saturday 7th February. The event is again supported by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, Job Centre Plus, Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. Next week the event steering group will meet to finalise arrangements for exhibitors and for workshops on key employability issues. The event is now in its third year, having had two successful days in Thurso and Wick in 2013 and 2014: both events attracted over 300 attendees and around 40 exhibiting companies/ organisations. Further information will be available from the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/caithnessjobs?ref=ts&fref=ts
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Highland Council Offices, Rotterdam Street, Thurso KW14 8AB
Tel: 01847 805520
Mob: 07717 694055
Weeks commencing 20th and 27th November 2017 Energy & business services: Delighted to hear that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, had a good level of interest at its recruitment event in Wick last week. SeaCat is seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and I understand that several applications are now being taken forward.
Week Commencing 13 November 2017 Energy & business services: A reminder that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick next week for those interested in working on the vessels. SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.
Energy & business services: SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick for those interested in working on the vessels (see my blog for pictures of the SeaCat Intrepid already based in Wick). SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.
Week commencing 30th October 2017 Energy & business services: The operators of the Moray (East) Offshore Windfarm development (also known as "Moray 1") have announced this week that MHI Vestas has been awarded the contract to supply and install up to one hundred 9.5MW turbines for the development. The Vestas brand will be familiar to many through its use in onshore wind turbines: as previously highlighted here, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium will be using Siemens turbines.
Weeks commencing 16th and 23rd October 2017. Energy & business services: It was great to be invited this week to take part in a visit to the area by Japanese nuclear industry and government representatives.
Week commencing 25 September 2017 Tourism, Food and Drink: · Last weekend saw the staging of the annual "Taste North" event organised at Ackergill Tower by Venture North with support from a range of organisations including CNSRP partner the NDA. Despite the less than ideal weather, the event attracted a record number of visitors (around 1,000), and a range of food, drink and tourism companies from across the north, and featured a range of activities and demonstrations, including masterclasses with renowned chef Nick Nairn.
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects. The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.
Week Commencing 4 September 2017 Enabling Activities: As I highlighted last week CNSRP partners Highland Council and NDA have supported Scottish Government to carry out investigation work into the improvement of the A9 Trunk Road at Berriedale Braes, which aims to improve the notorious hairpin bend. The notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £9 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct major improvements to this important route.
Week Commencing 14th August 2017 Energy & business services: Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week ran an event sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The main speaker was Bill Cattanach of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), with introductory presentations by myself and Sandy Mackie of Scrabster Harbour Trust.
Weeks commening 31st July and 7th August Energy & business services: As I highlighted recently, the company behind the proposed floating offshore windfarm demonstrator off the coast near Dounreay recently went into into administration. Administrators French Duncan have opened a "data room" for potential buyers.
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