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Wick RNLI Lifeboat Launched To Assist Round Britain RowerThumbnail for article : Wick RNLI Lifeboat Launched To Assist Round Britain Rower
Wick RNLI lifeboat the Roy Barker II was launched at 7:15pm on Sunday 14 April to go to the assistance of a round Britain rower.   The rower had successfully passaged through the Pentland Firth and was making his way down the east coast towards Freswick when there was a change of wind direction which made getting around the headland against both wind and tide very difficult.  
19/3/2024
Seven Companies Across Caithness And Orkney Begin Pioneering Programme To Parachute Them Into Offshore Renewable SuccessThumbnail for article : Seven Companies Across Caithness And Orkney Begin Pioneering Programme To Parachute Them Into Offshore Renewable Success
Seven businesses hailing from the north of Scotland and Orkney aiming to break into the multibillion-pound offshore renewables energy market have been selected for the first Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR) programme in the region.   The industry leading F4OR supply chain growth programme is delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, will be supported by £125,000 from West of Orkney Windfarm, and will take companies 12-18 months to complete.  
4/3/2024
Futureskills Apprenticeship Grant Scheme AnnouncementThumbnail for article : Futureskills Apprenticeship Grant Scheme Announcement
The Caithness Business Fund is celebrating a substantial investment boost of £100,000 from Focus North partners NRS Dounreay and the NDA to support the launch of FutureSkills.   The apprenticeship grant scheme is designed to tackle skills shortages and drive investment in new opportunities for both businesses and young people in the North Highlands.  
5/2/2024
Exciting New Post In Caithness To Highlight OpportunitiesThumbnail for article : Exciting New Post In Caithness To Highlight Opportunities
The Chamber is looking to recruit a Talent Attraction/Recruitment Specialist for its Recruit North Highlands initiative.  This is a new and exciting post which will see the successful candidate play a unique and pivotal role in attracting talent to the region.  
15/1/2024
Wick River Campsite - A Great Success For Wick Development TrustThumbnail for article : Wick River Campsite - A Great Success For Wick Development Trust
From Caithness Voluntary Group Facebook page about a great success for the volunteer run Wick Development Trust.   I thought I should do a post based on the recent post shared about the new facilities block at Wick River Campsite.  
11/1/2024
Wick Development Trust - Wick Riverside Biodiversity Improvements Success - £6,319Thumbnail for article : Wick Development Trust - Wick Riverside Biodiversity Improvements Success - £6,319
Five local organisations to benefit from the 2023/24 Highland Nature Restoration Fund as further approvals are announced.   Five organisations have been awarded funding from the second round of the 2023/24 Highland Nature Restoration Fund.  
25/9/2023
Caithness Groups Get Lottery Awards
A number of groups in Caithness were on a long list of Scottish awards from the lottery.   Caithness KLICS (SCIO) Medium Grants Scotland: Improving Lives £76,763 Highland The group will use the funding to offer a range of activities for young carers, including weekly group sessions and after school sessions to reduce stress and provide respite bringing some normality into their lives.  
Caithness Voluntary Group Success With Loneliness Funding Award
Caithness Voluntary Group is one of 53 projects awarded a share of £3.2 million fund set up to tackle loneliness by Scottish Government.   Activities delivered by the organisations include community choirs, walking football, Men's Sheds and volunteering opportunities.  
27/4/2023
Can You Give Some Time To Drive With Caithness Rural TransportThumbnail for article : Can You Give Some Time To Drive With Caithness Rural Transport
Caithness Rural Transport members are growing daily and the service has expanded dramatically these past few months.   The service relies on volunteers to cover any additional runs throughout the week that the main drivers/volunteers who have set days are unable to cover due to already having runs booked in.  
15/11/2022
Smart Meters Are A Smart Decision For Your Business This WinterThumbnail for article : Smart Meters Are A Smart Decision For Your Business This Winter
Firms of all sizes are currently confronted by a host of challenges, from soaring energy bills, labour shortages, spiralling inflation, and climbing interest rates.  As a business owner, you need to ensure that your doors stay open and that your business can thrive no matter what the season brings.   Did you know that a smart meter could help your business this winter and beyond? Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters currently being rolled out in homes and small businesses across Great Britain by energy suppliers.  
25/9/2022
UK Government Needs To Go Further On Energy Costs Says Caithness Chamber Of Commerce
Responding to the release of further details from the UK Government on the energy support plan for business, Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: "Whilst it is welcome that the UK Government has finally responded and stepped up to provide an initial support package for firms by capping wholesale energy prices for six months, it is simply not enough.   We hope that the Chancellor's fiscal statement on Friday, will give more detail on support for businesses.  
Dounreay Socio Economic Review 21 - 22Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Socio Economic Review 21 - 22
In April 2021, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) became a subsidiary company of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Group.  The Cavendish Dounreay Partnership ceased.  
6/12/2021
Local Caithness Firm Blargoans Wins At The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2021 Winners 2021
★OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD★ sponsored by Green Investment Group.   Blargoans Ltd - WINNER K2 Management McMillan Consultancy Renewable Exchange.  
Pentland Tenants Vote Yes For Transfer To Cairn
Tenants of Pentland Housing Association have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a transfer to Cairn Housing Association.   The transfer will deliver £6.3 million of investment in tenants' homes and the local community, alongside a locked in five-year affordable rent guarantee and continued local services delivered by a new combined team based in Thurso.  
Pentland Tenants Urged To Vote Yes To A Transfer To Cairn Housing Association As Formal Ballot Opens
The ballot for Pentland tenants to decide if they want to transfer to Cairn Housing Association has opened with participants able to easily vote by post, phone, text message or online.   The transfer will only go ahead if a majority of tenants vote YES before the ballot closes on 2nd November.  
30/9/2021
Space Hub Sutherland Will Be A Launch Pad For Jobs And The EconomyThumbnail for article : Space Hub Sutherland Will Be A Launch Pad For Jobs And The Economy
A new report launched (Wednesday 29th September 2021), commissioned by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, demonstrates the economic benefits that Space Hub Sutherland will bring to the North Highland and Moray areas.   Space Hub Sutherland - a new satellite launch site - will bring huge employment and tourism benefits to the Scottish Highlands.  
28/9/2021
Caithness & North Sutherland Fund Latest Grants Supports New FacilitiesThumbnail for article : Caithness & North Sutherland Fund Latest Grants Supports New Facilities
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has recently awarded two grants that will help to create new facilities to enhance outdoor recreation and learning activities.   Wick Golf Club has been granted £30,000 towards the costs of creating a new workshop and coaching facility at the Wick Golf Club grounds.  
Drop-in session Monday 20th September 2-3pm via Teams.
Come along to this drop-in information session to find out about the Volunteer Friendly Quality Assurance Award.   A brief presentation will be followed by Q&A session where you can ask about the benefits of this award for your group.  
Businesses To Fast Track With Accelerator Programme - Two Caithness PlacesThumbnail for article : Businesses To Fast Track With Accelerator Programme - Two Caithness Places
Nine businesses from the Highlands will start the latest edition of the Pathfinder Accelerator programme today (9 September 2021), which aims to put them on the fast track to success.   Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the established support programme nurtures growth in life science and technology and helps bring new business ideas to market quicker.  
Pentland seeking views on proposed transfer to Cairn ahead of ballot
Pentland Housing Association tenants are to be formally consulted on a proposed transfer to Cairn Housing Association, which will bring new investment to homes and a locked-in affordable rent guarantee, from a new combined Cairn and Pentland team in Caithness.   Detailed information leaflets are being posted out and members of staff from Pentland and Cairn are aiming to personally visit every household to try and speak to residents and answer any questions they might have.