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Business Learning Accounts
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has announced the introduction of Business Learning Accounts (BLAs), targeting small businesses in the area.   Businesses across other parts of the Highlands have already used BLAs to broaden their product range, to establish a market for new crops, for specialised survey training and to diversify and establish sector "best practice".  
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Geddes Windows Lands £6million Contract For 24,000 Windows
Geddes Window Systems Ltd, part of the D M Geddes Group based in Halkirk, Caithness has secured a substantial contract for the supply of timber windows to Your Homes Newcastle.   The organisation employs 100 workers between its factory and construction interests.  
Caithness company receives Investors in People 10 Year Achievement Award
A Caithness-based organisation has received an award in recognition of its 10 year commitment to using the business improvement tool, the Investors in People Standard.   Ackergill Tower picked up the accolade at a gala dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday evening (23 March 2005).  
Graduate Fair At Thurso - Thursday 7 April 2005
Following the success of a pilot event last year, graduates and employers in Caithness and Sutherland are once again to be given the opportunity to meet and discuss mutual benefits.   The second Graduate Fair will take place in Thurso Town Hall, on Thursday 7th April, from 4pm - 7pm.  
Spring Has Sprung So Turn Down And Turn Off
Clocks are not the only thing that should be changed when workers return after Easter, according to leading energy company Powergen.   With the start of British Summer Time (BST) on Sunday (March 27), Powergen says remembering to lower thermostats and adjust lighting timers after the Bank Holiday could lower small- and medium-sized businessesí (SMEs) energy consumption and bills.  
Dunbeath Engineering To Supply Components For Decommissioning
A local Caithness firm, Dunbeath Engineering Limited (DEL), is investing in new equipment which will allow them to provide another local firm, Orion/D Gow and Son Ltd, with components for a decommissioning-related contract for UKAEA at Dounreay.   DEL manufactures a range of machine tool accessories, which are sold throughout the world.  
CASE Approvals List - February 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
CASE Invests £2.6 million In AEAT Battery Systems
AEAT Battery Systems Limited (ABSL) in Thurso has embarked on an ambitious development project, with help from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and supported by the Scottish Executive - which could ultimately result in additional jobs at the company's Thurso plant, Denchi House.   The new development will safeguard ABSL's existing 150 employees in Thurso and once technology from the latest research and development projects is proven and commercialised, the company expect the workforce to increase significantly.  
David Masters The Music
A new mastering engineering business based in Wick is hitting all the right notes since opening at the start of the year.   Norwick Mastering was set up by David Shearer who spent over 12 years as a mastering engineer with Grampian Records Ltd.  
HIE's Biggest Public Consultation Exercise Nears Completion
A huge public consultation exercise to help determine the future activities of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is drawing to a close.   Since January the economic and community development agency has been seeking the views of its staff, stakeholders, partner organisations, businesses, communities and individuals as part of the process of identifying its strategic priorities for the coming years.  
Three New Board Members For CASE
The board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has been strengthened with the appointment of three new directors, who attended their first board meeting this week (Tuesday 1st March).   Joining the Local Enterprise Company's board are Steve Burness, Alexander Murray and Iain Young.  
New Garden Services Business
Kevin Owen from Westerdale is now offering a tree and garden service.  His tree work and gardening services include a wide range of jobs that busy people may find they have no time to do or have the expertise to carry out.  
CASE Approvals List - January 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Geddes Windows
As part of a long term development project to secure larger contracts and increase productivity, Geddes Window Systems Ltd (GWS), is reorganising their factory space and buying a range of new specialised equipment.   GWS manufactures timber framed windows and doors from its factory in Halkirk, Caithness.  
SAC Single Farm Payment Meetings in HIE AREA
SAC is organising a series of meetings throughout the Highlands and Islands which aim to help farmers and crofters understand how the new Single Farm Payment Scheme works.   The meetings will take place over the next six weeks (see below for times and venues) prior to the deadline for IACS applications on 16 May 2005.  
Business Trends, Opportunities And Risks Worldwide
The Economist Intelligence Unit has just published a new white paper on the business trends, opportunities and risks that preoccupy global business leaders, based on a worldwide survey of 500 senior executives.  The report is sponsored by Dimension Data and Oracle Corporation.  
New Energy Switching Service For Small Businesses
Powergen creates UK's first online energy switching service for small businesses Bosses who believe that 'time is money' can now change energy suppliers in the time it takes to boil a kettle with the UK's first online 'quick quote' service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) 1 from leading energy supplier Powergen.   The new service is available at and allows SMEs to obtain a quote in around two minutes based on their current consumption levels.  
UKAEA Chooses Johnson Controls For Facilities Management Contract
UKAEA today announced it has selected Johnson Controls as preferred bidder for its facilities management contract at Dounreay following a competitive tendering exercise.   The contract covers a wide range of site services to support the decommissioning programme, including building, roads and ground maintenance, catering, cleaning and laundry, transport and industrial waste disposal.  
HIE Launches Its Biggest Public Consultation
A HUGE public consultation exercise is being launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Responses to the widest exercise of its kind in the 40-year history of the economic and community development agency and its predecessor, the Highlands and Islands Development Board, will help determine HIE's future activities.