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Norn Secures HIE Funding To Capture Offshore Wind OpportunitiesThumbnail for article : Norn Secures HIE Funding To Capture Offshore Wind Opportunities
A Shetland-based engineering alliance has been awarded £105,000 from Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to accelerate plans to deliver major floating offshore wind contracts and large-scale energy projects.   Norn combines the expertise of four leading engineering firms - Malakoff, Ocean Kinetics, LEF and Voar Energy, all based on the islands.  
NDA Welcomes Its Largest And Most Diverse Cohort Of GraduatesThumbnail for article : NDA Welcomes Its Largest And Most Diverse Cohort Of Graduates
NDA group welcomes the first cohort of graduates recruited through the NDA group graduate programme, launched late last year.   On Monday 18 September 2023 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group welcomed the first cohort of graduates recruited through the NDA group graduate programme, launched late last year.  
Young Entrepreneurs Welcomed Onto Business Support ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Young Entrepreneurs Welcomed Onto Business Support Programme
IMPACT30 is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and delivered by business skills training consultancy, Skillfluence.   The fully funded business growth programme for people aged 35 and under who are in key decision-making roles, offers bespoke support from industry specialists.  
NDA Group Showcases Skills And Innovative Expertise In WestminsterThumbnail for article : NDA Group Showcases Skills And Innovative Expertise In Westminster
The NDA group showcased how it's using technology, innovation and expert skills to deliver its crucial mission, at the NIA's ‘Nuclear Week in Parliament'.   The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group showcased how it's using technology, innovation and expert skills to deliver its crucial mission, at the Nuclear Industry Association's ‘Nuclear Week in Parliament'.  
Despite Financial Issues Confidence Has Improved For Rural Businesses According To HIE ReportThumbnail for article : Despite Financial Issues Confidence Has Improved For Rural Businesses According To HIE Report
There's been further improvement in the confidence businesses in the Highlands and Islands have in Scotland's economic outlook and on the performance of individual enterprises.  However, concerns over finances remain prominent.  
HIE Settles Legal Battle On Funicular Railway Out Of CourtThumbnail for article : HIE Settles Legal Battle On Funicular Railway Out Of Court
Parties involved in legal cases relating to the original design and construction of the Cairngorm funicular railway in the 1990s and early 2000s and guarantees in place with the previous operator have reached an out-of-court settlement.   This means the cases will not proceed to a court proof hearing, which had been scheduled to begin in August.  
Shetland Slipway Improvement Project To Create JobsThumbnail for article : Shetland Slipway Improvement Project To Create Jobs
Malakoff Ltd secured £32,129 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for a project to enhance the capability of its covered slipway in North Ness, Lerwick.   More than 160 years ago, the firm started out as a blacksmith and boat builder and now offers a wide range of specialist services including project management and engineering for the island's supply chain.  
Investigations Under Way For Major Upgrade Of Port At KishornThumbnail for article : Investigations Under Way For Major Upgrade Of Port At Kishorn
Marine and land investigations are under way to inform proposals for a major upgrade of Kishorn Port in Wester Ross.   Owner operator, Kishorn Port Limited (KPL), has engaged specialist contractors for phase one of the £2.4m project, after securing a £500,000 investment from HIE.  
Island Of Mull Moving Business Forward With Funding Boost
A community project to support local business on the Isle of Mull in Argyll has secured up to £250,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) is leading the £999.908 project, which is also being supported by the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grants Fund, administered by Argyll and Bute Council.  
Caithness Voluntary Group Success With Loneliness Funding Award
Caithness Voluntary Group is one of 53 projects awarded a share of £3.2 million fund set up to tackle loneliness by Scottish Government.   Activities delivered by the organisations include community choirs, walking football, Men's Sheds and volunteering opportunities.  
Assessment Of The Benefits Of The NDA Innovation PortfolioThumbnail for article : Assessment Of The Benefits Of The NDA Innovation Portfolio
The NDA innovation programme covers a range of supply chain focused calls and competitions that have been run since 2006.  It is targeted at the NDA's growing ambition to deliver its decommissioning mission safer, faster and at lower cost.  
Group To Challenge The Norms In Tackling Housing Issue
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Newsroom 13 July 2023, 09:50 Group to challenge the norms in tackling housing issue The first meeting of a sub-group set up to address the housing problem facing the Highlands and Islands took place in Inverness on Wednesday 5 July, with members agreeing to challenge the norms and bring about changes that will better support the housing needs of the region.   The 12-member sub-group was set up by the Highlands and Islands Regional Economic Partnership in recognition of the critical influence the housing crisis is having on businesses and communities across the region.  
NDA And Scottish Stakeholders - Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration In ScotlandThumbnail for article : NDA And Scottish Stakeholders - Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration In Scotland
NDA and Scottish stakeholders come together seeking to accelerate innovation through collaboration.   On Wednesday 28 June, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the University of Strathclyde, welcomed over 100 stakeholders to their second Innovation and Technology Roadshow at the university's Innovations and Technology Centre in Glasgow.  
2/7/2023
Hi-Scot Credit Union Keeps Interest Rates LowThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Keeps Interest Rates Low
At meeting of the board of the Hi-Scot Credit Union the directors agreed not to follow other institutions like banks to put up interest rates.   Well worth checking what rates you can still get from a credit union.  
New Plug Seals Dounreay Reactor Clean-upThumbnail for article : New Plug Seals Dounreay Reactor Clean-up
Upgrade work was required to the primary cold trap loop (PCTL) vessel before it could be used on the next stage of decommissioning.   Dounreay's prototype fast reactor decommissioning team is in the process of connecting up the reactor vessel and pipework to water vapour nitrogen (WVN) treatment skids, which will destroy the residual sodium in the system, and enable it to be dismantled safely.  
Agencies Hail Scotland's Attractiveness For Foreign InvestmentThumbnail for article : Agencies Hail Scotland's Attractiveness For Foreign Investment
Scotland's enterprise and skills agencies have hailed the news that the country remains the most attractive location in the UK outside of London for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).   In EY's latest Scotland Attractiveness Survey published (Monday, 19 June 2023), the figures show that a record 126 inward investment projects were secured by Scotland in 2022, a 3.3% increase compared to 2021 when 122 FDI projects were attracted to the country.  
Dounreay Managing Director Experiences 'hands-on' DecommissioningThumbnail for article : Dounreay Managing Director Experiences 'hands-on' Decommissioning
Mark Rouse recently had the opportunity to try his hand at being an airfed suit operator in the training simulator at Dounreay.   "I think it was a few years ago when I was first at Dounreay, I expressed an interest in experiencing things that the workforce went through - and airfed suits was one that particularly interested me.  
First Innovation Hub And Portable Pop-up 5g Network For Businesses In The Highlands And IslandsThumbnail for article : First Innovation Hub And Portable Pop-up 5g Network For Businesses In The Highlands And Islands
First innovation hub and portable 'pop-up' 5G network for businesses in the Highlands and Islands.   The Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC), funded by the Scottish Government, is the national centre for accelerating the deployment and adoption of 5G in Scotland.  
Dounreay Updates Information On Radio Active Particles Released To The EnvironmentThumbnail for article : Dounreay Updates Information On Radio Active Particles Released To The Environment
An important part of the work to close down Dounreay is to address the legacy of radioactive particles in the marine environment around the site.   Particles are fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged to sea as a result of historic practices in reprocessing.  
£1.9m Moray Project To Create Jobs And Cut WasteThumbnail for article : £1.9m Moray Project To Create Jobs And Cut Waste
Grays Recycling Services Ltd (GRS) has been working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to secure a £500,000 contribution to the project from the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund.   The fund is administered by HIE partner, Scottish Enterprise, to help companies involved in manufacturing to grow through developing low carbon products, processes, or services.