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Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weekly update from CNSRP - week commencing 4th February 2019.   SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in the Kyle Community Centre in Tongue for the first of a planned weekly presence in the area on Wednesdays between 1000 to 1300 hrs to allow people to meet with the project team.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commening 27 January 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in Melness yesterday (Thursday 31 January 2019), continuing its series of engagement events with the local community.  The drop-in event was in Melness Village Hall and had the additional benefit of personnel from Lockheed Martin being present to help answer questions on the project.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 21 January 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The team working on this exciting project have now created a web presence at www.spacehubsutherland.com which will be a central resource for information about the project as it progresses.  And the team will be on the ground in Melness next week, continuing the series of engagement events with the local community.  
24/1/2019
Newton Rooms Learning Centres Underway In HighlandThumbnail for article : Newton Rooms Learning Centres Underway In Highland
Newton Rooms are designed to encourage more young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).   A network of the centres in Norway work with schools and local employers to provide inspirational STEM education in the most rural parts of the country.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 14th January 2019 Enabling activities: Last week's meeting of the North Coast 500 Working Group heard about the imminent launch of the Scottish Government's Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund.  The £5M Fund is being administered by Scottish Natural Heritage, and is open to organisations in the Highlands and Islands.  
There are two cyber security events being held in Caithness.
Cyber security is an ever increasing issue, whether it is for us as individuals, part of a Community group or running a business.   Highlands & Islands Enterprise digital team are coming up to both Wick and Thurso on the 27th and putting on a Cyber Sense event which will last an hour, it is fun and free so please take the opportunity to book on an event near you per the links below.  
NDA Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022 - A Chance To Make CommentsThumbnail for article : NDA Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022 - A Chance To Make Comments
Introduction to the Consultation How to respond In this consultation, the NDA wants to hear from members of the public, nuclear regulators, employees within our businesses, trade unions, local authorities, Site Stakeholder Groups, Non-Governmental Organisations and any other organisation or public body.  In your response please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with a large company seeking to grow its presence in Caithness, and good to be able to provide some productive links with initiatives that HIE is already supporting and which might help further attract its interest.  We are fortunate in having a number of opportunities in the north in the engineering/ energy sectors and I'm particularly keen to help where there are clear opportunities to use innovation as a means of bringing more international trade opportunities to the area.  
Creating a competitive advantage in the Highlands and IslandsThumbnail for article : Creating a competitive advantage in the Highlands and Islands
This February, Highlands and Islands entrepreneurs can learn how to create and sustain a competitive advantage at a workshop delivered by a leading expert in the field.   Eleanor has more than 25 years' experience in delivering entrepreneurship education across the globe.  
Firms Secure £7.7m To Develop Wave Energy MachinesThumbnail for article : Firms Secure £7.7m To Develop Wave Energy Machines
Two new Scottish wave energy devices will take to the sea in 2020 following the award of £7.7 million from Wave Energy Scotland.   Both winning firms - Edinburgh-based Mocean Energy and AWS Ocean Energy from Inverness - will use the funds to build half-scale wave energy machines and test them in real ocean conditions at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.  
Dounreay To Hold Emergency Exercise On 17 January 2019Thumbnail for article : Dounreay To Hold Emergency Exercise On 17 January 2019
An emergency exercise will take place at Dounreay on the morning of Thursday 17 January.  The site alert will be sounded to initiate the exercise.  
Bliadhna mhath ùr!/ Happy New Year! - Eann Sinclair CNSRP Reviews 2018Thumbnail for article : Bliadhna mhath ùr!/ Happy New Year!  - Eann Sinclair CNSRP Reviews 2018
My weekly CNSRP updates are intended to be short and informative, and the same applies to this quick review of 2018 as it relates to the work of CNSRP! Our focus this year has remained on those key opportunities we feel will bring us maximum economic and socio-economic returns.  And, amidst wider economic uncertainties, we continue to see good progress.  
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Draft Business Plan ConsultationThumbnail for article : Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Draft Business Plan Consultation
In this consultation, the NDA wants to hear from members of the public, nuclear regulators, employees within our businesses, trade unions, local authorities, Site Stakeholder Groups, Non-Governmental Organisations and any other organization or public body.  In your response please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - UpdateThumbnail for article : Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 10th & 17th December 2018.   UKVL Sutherland: The UKVL team was in Tongue last week to hold another drop-in session to update local residents on progress with the project.  
Scotland's Oldest Nuclear Reactor At Dounreay To Go As Demolition Contract AwardedThumbnail for article : Scotland's Oldest Nuclear Reactor At Dounreay To Go As Demolition Contract Awarded
The decommissioning of Dounreay's oldest nuclear reactor has taken a major step forward with the award of a multi-million pound contract.   Dounreay Materials Test Reactor (DMTR) was the first operational nuclear reactor in Scotland and achieved criticality in 1958.  
10/12/2018
Hi-Scot Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Extension Meeting In WickThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Extension Meeting In Wick
Hi-Scot Credit Union has its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 4.00pm.   The office of the credit union is based in Stornoway and due to the geography of Highland and Islands has moved more and more online.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 26th November and 3rd December 2018 UKVL Sutherland: I was delighted to take part in a discussion this week in Thurso with Trudy Morris of Caithness Chamber, the HIE team taking forward the UKVL project and UK/ US representatives from Lockheed Martin.  As I have previously highlighted here, Lockheed Martin are one of the two industry partners involved in the project, and their vast experience of launch and satellite technology was clear as we discussed opportunities for the local supply chain as well as exciting opportunities to bring a long-term Lockheed Martin presence into Caithness and North Sutherland.  
More Young People Want To Stay In The Highlands And Islands, Says New ReportThumbnail for article : More Young People Want To Stay In The Highlands And Islands, Says New Report
Efforts in the Highlands and Islands to attract and retain young people may be starting to have a positive effect.  This is according to a new report published on Tuesday 4 December 2018.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 26tg November 2018 Energy & Business Services: Following last week's Offshore Wind Week Crown Estate Scotland has just published its report into future licensing rounds for offshore wind leases.  http://www.crownestatescotland.com/media-and-notices/news-media-releases-opinion/timescales-and-next-steps-for-new-offshore-wind-leasing-for-scotland at the same time it has been interesting to note that Highland Council's north planning committee this week agreed to raise no objection to the application by Moray West for an offshore windfarm off the Caithness coast.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks Commencing 12th and 19th November 2018 Energy & Business Services: My colleague Keith Muir and I met up last week with the directors of JGC Engineering Services Ltd to catch up on current and future plans, which have been boosted by the news I shared recently that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England.  Siemens is also the turbine provider for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the Caithness coast.