Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
13th February 2016
Week Commencing 8th February 2016.
Last Saturday (6th February) saw the annual "Jobs and How to Get Them" event, developed again by a group of agencies/ organisations (including CNSRP partners Skills Development Scotland and Highland Council) and managed by Caithness Chamber of Commerce. The event attracted around 370 members of the public, and featured more than 40 companies and support organisations in a range of sectors (energy, hospitality, uniformed services etc). I was able to speak to a number of attendees during the day, and it was encouraging to see the interest in the opportunities on offer, and the wide range of ages taking part. More on the event at https://www.facebook.com/caithnessjobs/
Caithness Chamber of Commerce is working with RWE Innogy to run an event for companies interested in becoming a supplier to the Bad a Cheo wind farm development when it commences construction early next year. The main civil works contract is due to be tendered soon, so a free "Meet The Buyer" event on Tuesday 22nd March in Thurso will allow companies to hear from RWE Innogy UK's procurement and construction teams. To book a place at the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP's partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week:
Good to see that the publication of the CNSRP 2015 Annual Review has attracted coverage in local and regional media. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/830190/far-north-poised-for-1600-jobs-boost/?piano_t=1 An electronic copy of the Review is available to download at http://www.cnsrp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/CNSRP-Annual-Review-2015.pdf and copies can also be picked up from CNSRP partner offices.
Good to see the efforts of Kerry Spiers recognised in today's John O’Groat Journal. Kerry’s Tartan at Heart business is growing both locally and internationally, and she points to the support received from CNSRP partner Highland Council (through Business Gateway) and Caithness Chamber of Commerce. Tartan at Heart was runner up in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards run by Caithness Chamber, and also a finalist in the Highland Business Awards last year.
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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.
Week commencing 26 June 2017. Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.
Update Week commencing 19 June 2017 Tourism Food & Drink: · CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) this week published a baseline report on the economic impact of the North Coast 500 route which covers the whole of the north mainland. The report highlights the impact of the route's global profile, and suggests that 200 new jobs could be created as a result.
Week commencing 12th June 2017. Energy & business services: The offshore construction phase of the Caithness- Moray programme to enhance the north's electricity distribution grid has reached a significant milestone with the laying of the first sections of the subsea cable across the Moray Firth.
Following the end of the two recent election periods, congratulations to all our new and returning Highland Councillors, and to our new MP. This is a short message to update you on activities relating to the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) during the two election periods.
Week 27 March 2017 Energy & business services: Following last week's news that it has received consent from Scottish Government for its proposed Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project off the north Caithness coast, this week Hexicon has announced a €45 million funding boost which will allow it to begin construction on the project. http://renews.biz/106475/hexicon-swells-dounreay-coffers/ The offshore construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project also progresses, with the arrival off Caithness of the huge vessel Stanislav Yudin.
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