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Scientific spotlight shines on Flow CountryThumbnail for article : Scientific spotlight shines on Flow Country
Scientists from across the UK will converge in Caithness this week to discuss the latest findings in peatland research.  Organised by North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), the ‘Research in the Flow Country’ conference has attracted over sixty attendees.  
Calling Flow Country Artists To ERI ConferenceThumbnail for article : Calling Flow Country Artists To ERI Conference
Scientists from Thursos Environmental Research Institute are reaching out to the art community in Caithness.  Artists and designers of all disciplines are being given the opportunity to display their work and interact with the scientific community at a forthcoming conference in Thurso dedicated to research in the Flow Country.  
erielements - Autumn Newsletter from Enviromental Institute, ThursoThumbnail for article : erielements - Autumn Newsletter from Enviromental Institute, Thurso
Since opening in 2000, the ERI has become a dynamic research organisation with a young, highlymotivated team, and the ethos of multi- and inter-disciplinarity is securely embedded.  Today, the ERI has become a focus for promoting excellence in research in the region, largely due to the ability of its investigators to work with stakeholder, commercial, academic and educational organisations alike.  
Caithness Business Fund Launched
A new Fund has been launched to assist small businesses with their business growth and development and promote the economic growth of Caithness and North Sutherland.  Caithness Business Fund was created after discussions between Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Baillie Wind Farm Ltd who had a vision to see a wider area of Caithness and North Sutherland benefit from local wind farms.  
Scottish Parliament Mention For Wick firm K P Technology
Highlands & Islands businesses noted in Queens Awards.   Highland and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart has congratulated the Highlands and Islands businesses who have been given the Queens Award designed to recognise outstanding business practice.  
Caithness company wins second Queen's Award for Enterprise
Small, medium and large companies from across the UK are today celebrating winning a Queens Award for Enterprise - the UKs highest accolade for business success.   The success of 152 businesses has been recognised this year: 116 exporting companies have won Awards for International Trade; 27 for Innovation, and nine for Sustainable Development benefitting the environment, society and the economy.  
Naver Business Centre Re-OpensThumbnail for article : Naver Business Centre Re-Opens
After four years as home to Training At Naver the Naver Business Centre in Thurso has re-opened its doors to the business community.   On offer is a variety of furnished, serviced offices, to accommodate between one and six people per office, in a modern business environment, with the option of multiple occupancy for larger businesses.  
Aon Hewitt acquires Babcock's pensions administration business in Caithness
Aon Hewitt, the global human resource solutions business of Aon plc (NSYE:AON), has today announced the acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, of Babcock International Group plc's Pensions Administration Office (PAO) at Brims House, Forss, in Caithness, Scotland.   The PAO is an established provider of high quality pensions administration services.  
Expert Advice On Doing Business In Ireland
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are encouraged to take advantage of business opportunities in Ireland at a free event in Inverness this month.   Ireland is the UK's fifth largest export market and the UK's largest export market in sectors such as food and drink, fashion and footwear.  
Energy Firm On The Crest Of A Wave
EnergyHunt, the North of Scotland's premier renewable energy engineering company, is celebrating after achieving a crucial Det Norske Veritas (DNV) industry accreditation The company, based in Caithness, is the first renewable energy business in the North of Scotland to have achieved the award from DNV (, one of the world's leading certification bodies, following an exhaustive audit of its Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental business and management systems.   It is now certificated to UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) standards.  
Interested in a Career in Renewable Energy? Thumbnail for article : Interested in a Career in Renewable Energy?
What can ERI do for you? Our courses allow you to study for a postgraduate certificate, a diploma, an MSc or take individual modules for Continuing Professional Development and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis.   The ERI invites you to a buffet and drinks evening.  
North Companies take to Global Stage at All-Energy Exhibition
A number of ambitious Caithness companies are heading to Aberdeen this week to target new business at the UK's largest renewable energy event.   The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference this year has attracted over 500 exhibitors from 20 countries across the world.  
Music For All - It's Never Too Late To Learn
Have you ever thought about trying something new, artistic and creative? Take up music lessons from a qualified teacher.   Tuition is given in Piano, Voice and 'Cello, and has no age limit.  
Nathan Mackay Wins Scotland Apprentice Of The Year AwardThumbnail for article : Nathan Mackay Wins Scotland Apprentice Of The Year Award
NATHAN WINS TOP APPRENTICE AWARD Nathan Mackay, 20 from Watten scooped the Scotland Apprentice of the Year award at last weeks National Skills Academy for Nuclear Annual Awards ceremony in Manchester.   Nathan, employed by Rolls Royce at Vulcan completed his Modern Apprenticeship in Instrument Technician in the record time of three years and one month.  
KP Technology wins National Innovation Award
Prof Iain Baikie, Director of KP Technology in Wick, picked up a John Logie Baird Award - one of the major innovation awards open to Scottish businesses- last week.  At a reception for over 300 people in the Glasgow Science Centre, KP Technology won in the "Impact in Innovation" category.  
KP Technology Ltd wins Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2008Thumbnail for article : KP Technology Ltd wins Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2008
KP Technology Ltd, a high-tech company, located in Wick in the far north of Scotland, has been awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation for research, design and manufacture of specialist Scientific Equipment called Kelvin; Probes.  The Queens Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for businesses and other organisations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development.  
KP Technology Wins Highland and Islands' Business AwardThumbnail for article : KP Technology Wins Highland and Islands' Business Award
Wick-based KP Technology has been recognised at the Highland and Islands' leading business awards ceremony for developing and exporting new measurement systems.   KP Technology collected the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Research and Development at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Highlands and Islands Dinner and Awards ceremony which took place on Friday at the Highland Conference Centre in Nairn.  
The Innovation Roadshow - Support For New Products & Processes
Venue: Environmental Research Institute - Thurso Date: Tuesday 30th May 2006 Time: 17.00 to 18.40 with buffet to follow Businesses and people with new ideas are warmly invited to a free event being run by UHI HI Links and Fusion in conjunction with the Scottish Executive and Highland and Islands Enterprise.   There are a wide range of schemes in place to support both SMEs and large companies in developing new products and processes.  
Good News As Caithness Firm Gets Contract At Dounreay
A 2.5 million contract has been awarded to M M Miller (Wick) Ltd to construct the containment building needed to safely remove the last of the radioactive breeder elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor.   The contract has been let by ALSTEC Ltd on behalf of an alliance of companies working with UKAEA on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to remove the breeder from the sphere.  
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.