Advisory / Counseling Services News
5th December 2011 Energy: Meygen, the leaseholders of the "Inner Sound" tidal site in the Pentland Firth, held two public information days this week to update on key issues such as project timescale, environmental surveys, the potential locations and scale of expected onshore works and the technical solution for exporting power to the grid. Nearly 100 people attended over the two days, and heard that Meygen will be submitting its Environmental Statement to consenting authorities in the New Year for a Phase 1 of up to 86 turbines, each of which will be separately connected to the grid.
Two Scottish artists, with an impressive award winning portfolio of projects from across the UK, are to consult with the John O'Groats community to deliver a long term artistic plan for the village's redevelopment. Working on projects like Great Glen House which is the SNH headquarters in Inverness, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow and the Science Museum in London, Dalziel + Scullion have established an international reputation as environmental artists.
Tourism companies are being urged to grow their business through technology with a new online resource published by Tourism Intelligence Scotland (TIS), as part of its 'Opportunities for Growth' series. 'How to Shine Online' features practical 'how to' guides, hints, tips, ideas and case studies on making the most of the latest technology including social media.
Inverness College UHI has been given the green light to invest 50 million pounds in state-of-the-art educational facilities for the city. Support from the Scottish Funding Council will bring together students and staff currently at the college's Longman and Midmills campuses to a new site at Beechwood, significantly modernising the institution's estate.
Week commencing 21st November 2011 Energy: Along with a number of other stakeholders, I attended two events this week related to the development of renewable energy. The first was the public consultation on the proposed Orkney-Caithness subsea cable link.
A £3 million investment project upgrading renewable energy facilities in the Outer Hebrides has been completed. The recladding of the 12,000 square metre fabrication building at Arnish Point will allow the tenants, BiFab, to grow their already important position in the renewables and heavy engineering sectors.
Like something out of the Tom Cruise movie War of the Worlds, the Kuka robot has a very important job to do. The standard industrial robot, built exactly the same as a typical car assembly line robot, will play an integral part in the demolition process of Dounreay's iconic fast reactor.
Project expected to support thousands of jobs and generate millions for regional economy. [A photograph is attached.
Construction of the ambitious European Marine Science Park is underway at Oban in Argyll, where a turf-cutting ceremony was held to mark the occasion Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is investing £7.5m to create the first phase - which will take advantage of significant opportunities in marine science, including in marine biotechnology and renewable energy. The 20,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space will support businesses in Scotland's growing Life Science and Energy sectors and has the potential to support up to 125 jobs.
As the final stages of work take place on the £3.8 million community centre for Wick, Highlands and Islands Enterprise's most senior staff have enjoyed a sneak preview. As part of a two day programme of meetings with ambitious Caithness and Sutherland businesses and social enterprises, the HIE Board visited the Pulteney Centre due to open in the new year and paid tribute to the achievements of the Pulteneytown People's Project (PPP).
Week commencing 24th October: Energy: Following last week's announcement of a consultation on revised ROC bandings for renewable energy sources, further positive news for the wave and tidal industry in the form of a Scottish Government announcement that £18M is to be made available to "improve capability and infrastructure, as well as helping fund technology solutions and the roll out of marine arrays". The Scottish Government is to consult with the industry about the nature of projects to be supported by the fund.
First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the successful sale of the Nigg fabrication site on the Cromarty Firth to Global Energy Group (GEG) and announces £1.8m support to transform yard into a renewables hub. GEG has announced the completion of the sale from American company KBR and the Wakelyn Trust.
Global Energy Group completes historic purchase of Nigg yard. Leading energy industry service company the Global Energy Group today (20th October, 2011) announced it had succeeded in its bid to buy Nigg yard.
Applying New Practices To Deliver Business Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise (SE) and the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network are pleased to announce a major event for ICT companies in the North of Scotland. The event is aimed at bringing insight into new business models and opportunities for business that will be enabled by the roll out of high speed broadband access and advances in computing.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI), is holding an Introductory Preparedness Programme in Inverness. Next course: 3rd and 4th of Nov 2011 This programme is fully funded by Smart Exporter, an ambitious new trade skills programme, and is targeted at Highlands and Islands companies that are thinking about exporting for the first time or businesses that are new to exporting.
Week commencing 26th September: Enabling Activities: I met this week with Susan Johnston of JobCentre Plus, to discuss their important role in supporting the area's economy. I also introduced her to colleagues form Highland Council's Employability service in the area.
FUSION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE ADDRESSES ISSUES RISING FROM THE RECESSION THURSDAY 17th November 11am - Friday 18th November 2011 Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness "The economy will only recover if we all work together," says Mark Sutherland-Fisher, chief executive of Fusion, the organisation set up to link rural entrepreneurs in Scotland. "Fusion was built on the triumvirate of the private sector, the public sector and the academic/social enterprise sector.
Week commencing 19th September: Energy: Together with Simon Coles in his role as Inward Investment manager on secondment to HIE I met with two representatives from a major UK company seeking to develop its involvement in the renewables industry. We were able to show them several key local facilities, and introduce them to several local companies.
Tourism businesses in the Highlands are being given the opportunity to sign up for a new workshop to help them capitalise on an expected 30 per cent growth in the mountain-biking market over the next five years. Tourism Intelligence Scotland (TIS) and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland are working in partnership to host two half-day mountain biking workshops for tourism and cycling businesses, based around the intelligence and practical ideas highlighted in TIS's 'Mountain Biking Tourism in Scotland' guide.
HIE investigates impact of community business in the Highlands and Islands Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is investigating the role of community run businesses - in a bid to see how the wider Scottish economy might benefit. HIE, which has a unique role as a social and economic development agency, has for over 40 years recognised the importance of social enterprise to the economy.