Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
12th March 2016
Week Commencing 7th March 2016.
Energy & Business Services:
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) has advertised a pre-application consultation event in Wick next week in support of plans related to the onshore infrastructure at Wick Harbour for its proposed offshore windfarm development off the Caithness coast. The event will take place on Wednesday 16th March in Mackay's Hotel, Wick, from 3pm-7pm. More information on the BOWL project at www.sse.com/beatrice
Tourism, Food and Drink:
Good to see this week's announcement from VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead that the new Chairman of VisitScotland will be John Thurso, former MP for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross. John's distinguished career in the hospitality industry makes him an ideal candidate to succeed Maurice Cantley as Chairman. John has had a key interest in the Regeneration Partnership since its earliest days, and was instrumental (with organisations such Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council, Dounreay, the NDA) in the Socio-economic Strategy Group that took forward the work that led to the "Strategy for Caithness & North Sutherland" in 2006. It was the recommendations from this strategy document that led to the creation of CNSRP in 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-35744760
Following the recent interest in photographic and film promotion of the north, it is good to hear this week that a free Masterclass on "Smartphone Filmmaking" is to be held in UHI's Dornoch campus on 1st April. The two Masterclasses are being run by respected film-maker Robert Aitken, whose new film "Last Footsteps of Home" was filmed in the north. For more information, and to register to attend, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smartphone-filmmaking-masterclass-tickets-22646197386?aff=eac2 Venture North is also holding a one-day social media workshop this weekend, following last week's launch of the superb Venture North Discovery series of promotional films.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce manages both the Caithness Transport Forum and the Wick John O’Groats Airport Consultative Committee, with support from CNSRP partners Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and the Highland Council. Both groups met in Wick last week. The Airport Consultative Committee heard a helpful update from Loganair’s Director of Operations on the current upgrade to its fleet of aircraft, as well as discussing news of changes to Eastern Airways’ flight schedule at Wick.
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:
Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill continues its impressive programme of events with a Gaelic awareness day tomorrow (Saturday 12th). The event is held jointly with CNSRP partner Highland Council’s Gaelic team, and is supported by SSE’s Strathy North fund and the Robertson Trust. The event, which starts at 11am, will feature activities for adults and children.
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Tel: 01847 805211
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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