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Global firm launches search for 100 new jobs for the region in Caithness and SutherlandThumbnail for article : Global firm launches search for 100 new jobs for the region in Caithness and Sutherland
Up to 100 new homeworking jobs are set to be created in the Highlands and Islands.   The jobs will be for people with excellent customer care skills looking for the flexibility of working from home.  
Roc Technologies Awarded 5-year Strategic It Transformation And Managed Service Partnership By DounreayThumbnail for article : Roc Technologies Awarded 5-year Strategic It Transformation And Managed Service Partnership By Dounreay
Roc Technologies today announced it has been awarded a 5-year contract to transform and manage IT services by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd(Dounreay).   Dounreay is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership Ltd, a consortium of Cavendish Nuclear, Jacobs and AECOM and funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to deliver the site closure programme at Dounreay.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 4th and11th June 2018 Energy & Business Services: I'm looking forward next week to meeting with representatives of Sykes @ Home when they come to Caithness to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers.  CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise has continued to work on attracting business services opportunities to the north, and this one will be of interest to many people in the area.  
HIE Appoints New Head Of Innovation And TechnologyThumbnail for article : HIE Appoints New Head Of Innovation And Technology
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new regional head of innovation and technology.   Based in An Lòchran, Inverness, David Howie is responsible for a dynamic portfolio that includes all HIE activities on innovation, technology and advanced engineering.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Tourism: Interesting to note that Whitbread have this week confirmed an intention to submit planning application to build a Premier Inn in Thurso.  The proposal is for ground near Thurso railway station, and the news has been given a cautious welcome, with some questions about effects on existing hotel businesses.  
Dounreay Welcomes Suppliers For Day Of CollaborationThumbnail for article : Dounreay Welcomes Suppliers For Day Of Collaboration
More than 200 people packed into the Weigh Inn hotel in Thurso this week as Dounreay Site Restoration Limited and supply chain partners shared plans and ideas about the decommissioning of the site.   Leading nuclear firms mixed with numerous small and medium sized enterprises for the event which was attended by those who either support the site through existing framework contracts or have registered for the innovative ‘LINC with Dounreay' scheme.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks Commencing 7th - 21st May 2018 Energy & business services: As the first towers for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm arrive in Nigg this week, Crown Estate Scotland has begun looking ahead to the next generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland.  The Moray Firth has been a real focal point for offshore wind in Scotland, with the Beatrice project set to enter its operation and maintenance phase in 2019 and the Moray Offshore project currently moving towards financial close during 2018.  
Report Highlights Career Opportunities In Aquaculture
A new report has called for more promotion of Scotland's aquaculture sector and supply chain as a rewarding long-term career choice, particularly for young people and for women.   The ‘Skills review for the Aquaculture Sector in Scotland' was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on behalf of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (AILG), and in collaboration with Skills Development Scotland.  
Business Gateway workshops in Thurso and WickThumbnail for article : Business Gateway workshops in Thurso and Wick
Business Gateway workshops to be held in Thurso and Wick.   The Paths into Public Procurement workshop is new and is being held in the evening for clients' convenience..  
Survey Shows Optimism Remains High Among Highlands And Islands BusinessesThumbnail for article : Survey Shows Optimism Remains High Among Highlands And Islands Businesses
More than half (53%) of Highlands and Islands businesses plan to take on new staff in the coming year, and most plan to recruit them from within the region, new research has revealed.   Over 1,000 firms took part in the latest quarterly business panel survey carried out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in February.  
Xponorth Unveils New National And International Speakers
Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth, has unveiled the next wave of speakers for the one-of-a-kind event this summer in Inverness.   Taking place 27-28 of June 2018, XpoNorth 2018 will see a range of leading voices from across the national and international creative industries gather in the Highland capital to deliver one of the most exciting, inspiring, informative and unique events of its kind.  
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office Visits DounreayThumbnail for article : Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office Visits Dounreay
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) welcomed Lord Duncan of Springbank, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office, to its Dounreay site to see decommissioning progress.   Lord Duncan travelled to Caithness to learn more about work on Scotland's largest nuclear clean-up and demolition project.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 16th April 2018 Tourism: In the week that we celebrated World Heritage Day it is good to see Highland Council advertising for a fixed term post to progress the long-held aspiration that the Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland become a UNESCO World Heritage area.  You can view the job description and background to the appointment at https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/world-heritage-project-co-ordinator-114206 Enabling activities: Recruitment continues this week for the successor to CNSRP Independent Chair Sir Anthony Cleaver, whose last meeting as Chair of the Partnership's Executive Board will be in June this year after ten years successfully leading CNSRP's programme of work.  
Rural Banking Survey ExtendedThumbnail for article : Rural Banking Survey Extended
Individuals, businesses and community groups in and around 14 communities in the Highlands and Islands have an extra two weeks to take part in an online survey on rural banking services.   Among other things, the survey asks about the importance of being able to withdraw and deposit cash locally, experiences of using Post Office and mobile banking services, and the perceived impacts of local branch closures.  
A Decade In The Un-making - Decommissioning DounreayThumbnail for article : A Decade In The Un-making - Decommissioning Dounreay
Decommissioning a nuclear reactor is about more than removing the core itself and, around a decade after work started to pull apart a host of support facilities associated with Dounreay's oldest reactor, they have all gone.   Radioactive facilities, including a cooling pond, storage compound and examination cells assisted Dounreay Materials Test Reactor (DMTR) during its operational life.  
New Partnership To Support Entrepreneurs
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to grow and become more competitive are set to benefit from a new initiative for entrepreneurs.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with Entrepreneurial Scotland (ES) to enable more enterprising individuals in the region to access its full range of activities and services.  
New PhD will explore history of North Coast 500 region
The University of the Highlands and Islands is inviting applications for a new North Coast 500 studentship.  The PhD opportunity has been developed by the university's Centre for History in partnership with the North Coast 500 initiative.  
Cause To Be Upbeat About Energy Engineering
Gavin Mackay, HIE's head of energy industries, reflects on the opportunities and challenges facing the region's energy sector.   At the launch of Oil and Gas UK's 2018 business outlook in March I was invited to use their event portal to pose questions and give my ‘multiple choice’ view of the future of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  
Selling Online Internationally - Thurso - 18th April 2018
If your business is already selling online, or you're thinking about starting an online sales operation, why not be business brave and consider the international marketplace? With the right information, set-up and skills, your business could capitalise on the wealth of opportunities available beyond the UK!.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) invites you to attend a FREE one-day workshop, 'Selling Online Internationally', where you can learn how to increase international sales through your website.  
HIE A' Cur Fàilte Air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig Ùr - HIE Welcomes Launch Of New National Gaelic Language Plan
HIE a' cur fàilte air Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr Tha Iomairt na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean (HIE) a’ cur fàilte air am Plana Cànain Nàiseanta Gàidhlig ùr 2018-23 a chaidh fhoillseachadh aig Pàrlamaid na h-Alba an-dè (Diciadain 28 Màrt).   Share Tha am Plana a’ sealltainn mar a thèid fàs a thoirt air a’ Ghàidhlig aig ìre nas luaithe ann an Alba.