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HIE Network Welcomes Contract Boost For Caithness
The news that AGM Batteries in Thurso is to be involved in supplying high-tech batteries for a multi-million pound military radio system has been warmly welcomed by the north's development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The announcement secures the 120 jobs at the plant, and provides real potential for future expansion.  
Highland Businesses Urged To Seize The Broadband Challenge
The Highlands and Islands are leading Scotland forward with state-of-the-art demonstrations of cutting edge telecommunications.   Wendy Alexander, Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, officially launched today (Tuesday March 19, 2002) Scotland's share of the DTI Fund for the Innovative Uses of Broadband.  
CASE Gets New Chairman
Community links are set to be further strengthened on the board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) with the appointment of a new chairman.   Former director on the board, Pat Buchanan will take on her new responsibilities today (Wednesday January 23), following the retirement of Jack Watson after 8 years.  
HIE On The Move
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is moving out of its Bridge Street headquarters in Inverness, exactly 30 years after its predecessor, the Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) moved in.   The office will close on the 23rd of January as the agency enters the final stages of its move to new, purpose-built premises on the Inverness Retail and Business Park.  
Internet Satellite Service Launched In Highlands & Islands
A pioneering project to deliver broadband internet access to the Highlands and Islands via satellite is set to go 'live' at the end of the month (November) allowing local businesses to take advantage of faster download speeds and boost the use of e-commerce.   The programme, being developed by a partnership involving BTopenworld, BT's mass market ISP division, satellite-provider Gilat and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is worth a total of over £2 million.  
HIE Standards Boost Business At The Station Hotel
A European funded initiative, aimed at helping accommodation providers upgrade their premises, is proving a real success for one Thurso business.   The Station Hotel, which is owned by Pam and Stan Egan, has just attained a three star grading from Visitscotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) after the couple spent 133,000 on a facelift for the hotel.  
Highlands & Islands Lead Way In Pressing Case For European Diversity
The issues and problems facing Europe's island, mountain and sparsely populated regions are being highlighted in Brussels today in a bid to make sure that future EC policies reflect their special circumstances.  (Wednesday 17th October) The case is being put during Highlands and Islands day - part of Scotland Week - held at Scotland House in Brussels.  
Caithness.Org Wins Big Time @ Awards has won both the prestigious Site Of The Year award and Best Community Site in the 2001.  The winning websites were announced at an exclusive awards ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, at the Atlantis Gallery in London on 3 October 2001.  
HIE Chairman Speaks Out On Land Reform
Land reform is already a key element in development strategies which are helping people living in the Highlands and Islands to benefit from a growing economy and from the lowest unemployment rates the area has ever seen.  The Scottish Executive is absolutely right, therefore, to be planning further reform.  
New Businesses Get A Head Start
People in the far north who are thinking about starting their own business are being given the opportunity to get their venture off to a good start by signing up for a series of courses organised by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) under the Network-wide HIE Starts scheme.   HIE Starts in an initiative which helps give new businesses support and financial assistance by providing a regular income over the first 12 months of trading - traditionally the hardest.  
North Eyesore Gets Major Facelift
A north industrial estate which has lain derelict for years is set for a major overhaul and clean-up.   The 341,000 investment is being made to the site at Janetstown on the outskirts of Thurso in a joint collaboration between Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and local firm JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd.  
New Business Women's Club
The Highland Business Women's Club was the fifth Scottish Businesswomen's Club launched in 1995.  It exists to provide a framework to support women in business by creating opportunities to make new social and professional contacts, exchange ideas and learn from experienced members of the business community and many other things.  
Not Another Scorrie!
Scorrie Internet Services no longer builds web sites for third parties.   Scorrie who? Scorrie Internet Services, that's who.  
Horses for Courses
Two north horse riding clubs have cleared the final hurdle in their bid to establish a cross country horse riding course for their members.   The Caithness Riding Club and the Caithness branch of The Pony Club are behind the 30,000 (pounds) course which will be constructed this summer at Northfield near Halkirk in Caithness.