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Managers Leading The Way
Business managers, owners and managers of the future are all set to benefit from a new series of development courses on offer from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE).   The extensive variety of options in CASE's Leadership and Management programme will provide businesses, both large and small, with the opportunity to enhance their skills in various activities, from managing staff and managing projects to financial management, purchasing and negotiation and legislative topics, such as employing people.  
Training Event For Highland Meat Producers
The Highlands and Islands Local Food Network (HILFN) will be holding a training day on 14th September at Dingwall Auction Mart, aimed at all farmers and crofters who want to supply meat for local consumers.   Those attending will hear from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Soil Association and environmental health representatives about the various considerations and benefits to producing meat for local markets.  
Launch Of The First Highlands & Islands Food And Drink Awards
The first Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards will be held in October 2005, and organisers are on the look-out for potential winners from any Highlands and Islands businesses linked to the food and drink sector.   The awards will be given to businesses achieving excellence within the industry and will highlight those which are demonstrating innovative, forward thinking and collaborative work.  
CASE Approvals List - July 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 Approvals List - June 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Businesses Called To Clear The Air For A Healthier Scotland
The Scottish Parliament has voted to introduce smoke-free enclosed public places.   This will have implications for employers and employees in all workplaces including all offices as well as bars, restaurants, hospitals and schools across Scotland.  
Travel Paranoia Revealed
Men are impatient, women are worried: the truth of Britain's travel nightmares.   Nation-wide survey by reveals the nation's holiday paranoia.  
Caithness And Sutherland Enterprise Area Business Survey
In March, CASE sent the web-based business survey to a valid sample of around 500 businesses, and achieved 114 responses, a rate of 23%.  This survey covers employers’ perspectives on recruitment, training and business confidence.  
Harbour Lights Available For Parties With New Management
The Harbour Lights at Smith Terrace, Wick is now under new ownership and has made some improvements to the lounge which is availbel for hire for parties and other celebrations or meetings.   Consideration is being given to building an outdoor covered area to accomadte smokers when the new rules come into force on smoking in public places.  
Tourism Gets Active
The second phase of the European-funded 'HIE Activity' scheme is well under way across the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) network area.   'HIE Activity 2', which was approved by the Highlands and Islands Partnership Programme on the 1st of February this year (2005), runs until the end of June 2006.  
CASE Approvals List - May 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Highlands And Islands Enterprise Launch New Strategy
The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE), today (Friday June 17), launched its new strategy 'A Smart Successful Highlands and Islands'.   The document, which spells out HIE's objectives over the coming three to five years, is published in both English and Gaelic and is available online at Highlands And Islands Enterprise Network Strategy,or from any HIE network office.  
HIE Network Announces Results For 2004 - 05
The economy of the Highlands and Islands is continuing to improve, with unemployment showing a steady downward trend while population levels are rising.   That was the message today (Thursday 26 May) from William Roe, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  
Norfrost in Administration
NOTE: This statement from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise has been issued following KPMG's announcement that Caithness white goods manufacturer Norfrost has gone into administration.   A copy of the KPMG release follows, for reference.  
Natural Produce Set To Clean Up On-Line
Busy bees can now get on with the housework, safe in the knowledge they can do so in an environmentally-friendly manner, thanks to the products of a new Caithness business.   Kristin Douglas has set up Wax Nostalgic Ltd, based at her home in Halkirk, through which she will produce a range of handmade, environmentally-friendly, products for use around the home, available from her website at The range will include furniture polish, leather and wood care products, antibacterial and antifungal and general cleaning sprays, all made with a very high content of natural materials such as bees wax, organic and non-organic essential oils, pure vegetable oils and resins.  
CASE Approvals List - April 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
New Arts Index
This should make life easier for anyone looking for people connected with Arts, Music, Drama Dance and other arts related activities in Caithness.   The new section is for anyone whether professional artist, sculptor, musician, writer or community based.  
Double success for RWE NUKEM
RWE NUKEM has had a double success in safety and environmental performance.   For the eighth consecutive year, the Company has achieved one of the UK's most respected safety awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) – the Gold Medal for best practice in health and safety.  
NVQ certificates in Nuclear Decommissioning for RWE NUKEM Employees
Pictured above is the presentation of NVQ level 2 Certificates in Nuclear Decommissioning to RWE NUKEM operatives at Dounreay.  The presentation was carried out by Ian Laidlaw, NDA Site Programme Manager - Region 4.  
CASE Approvals List - March 2005
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.