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Report Predicts Growth For Tourism In Caithness and Sutherland
A report for Highlands and Islands Enterprise says that visitor numbers in Caithness and Sutherland could increase by more than 30% over the next ten years.   The study was carried out for the social and economic development agency to look at current and future leisure and business demand to help accommodation providers in the area plan for growth.  
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration P'ship Update 22 Nov 2010
Week commencing 22nd November This week's main focus has been finalising a draft of the delivery programme that describes how the partners will achieve the aims set out in our 2011-2014 Action Plan.  In developing this draft programme I have been working with collegues from HIE in particular.  
HIE Board backs 13m investment in major projects
Businesses and communities in Caithness, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides look set to benefit from investment in major infrastructure projects approved today (Monday 22 November) by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The HIE Board (Monday 22 November) has approved grants totalling more than 13m to develop three major projects.  
HIE Comment in response to Rok Announcement
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been in contact with Rok's administrators, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).  We are seeking an early meeting with PwC to discuss both the future of the business as a whole and how we progress specific HIE projects currently being delivered by Rok.  
Calder Engineering successfully breaks into renewables industryThumbnail for article : Calder Engineering successfully breaks into renewables industry
A Thurso based engineering company which has been supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has successfully diversified into the offshore wind industry.   Calder Engineering Ltd has been supplying cabins to the offshore oil and gas industry for 12 months ago and has recently won a contract to supply them to the renewables industry.  
HIE Appoints New Chief ExecutiveThumbnail for article : HIE Appoints New Chief Executive
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new Chief Executive Alex Paterson, currently the economic and community development organisation's Director of Regional Competitiveness, will take up the top post on Monday 2 August.   Mr Paterson has been a director with HIE for the past nine years, initially heading up its Developing Skills group.  
HIE to help innovative businesses create hundreds of jobs across the region
A 2.4 million project to place 350 fresh academic minds in ambitious businesses across the region is being introduced by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Over the next three years small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises from across the region will be supported to employ university students, graduates and post-graduates for up to a year.  
Future of Flagship University Library set in Caithness StoneThumbnail for article : Future of Flagship University Library set in Caithness Stone
The North's world-renowned building stone is demonstrating its versatility by featuring in a 57 million Scottish project to create a flagship library for the University of Aberdeen.   Caithness Stone Industries has secured a multi-million pound contract to provide both building and specialist finished stone for key areas of the development.  
International Focus for Highlands and Islands Businesses
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is boosting the opportunities for its businesses to seek out new international markets.   The development agency is increasing the numbers of Highlands and Islands dedicated staff working within Scottish Development International (SDI), which offers access to business support internationally, including operations in 27 countries.  
HIE Severance Scheme Produces over 2m Annual Saving
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) becomes a leaner organisation this month when 53 members of staff leave their posts through voluntary severance on March 31.   The move is calculated to produce a total of 2.02m of saving each year which will be reallocated to direct support for economic growth across the region.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise To Cut Staff Numbers
HIE efficiency drive aims to put more resources towards priorities Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is to reorganise its workforce to better deliver its role in supporting the region's economic and community development.   The agency is to target greater resources towards a number of priority areas of work, while also running a voluntary severance scheme with the aim of reducing staff numbers and payroll costs overall.  
HIE Chief Executive To Take On Green Energy RoleThumbnail for article : HIE Chief Executive To Take On Green Energy Role
Sandy Cumming CBE, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for the past nine and a half years, plans to leave the organisation next month and take on a new, national role.   Mr Cumming (57), is the Scottish Government's choice to help spearhead the development of renewable offshore energy across the public sector in Scotland.  
Leading World Entrepeneur To Share His Skills In Highlands & Islands
One of the world's leading experts on entrepreneurship is urging businesses in the Highlands and Islands to change their mindset to become globally successful.   Serial entrepreneur and founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Entrepreneurship Center, Ken Morse, believes creating the right environment for businesses to flourish will come about by successful business people passing on their skills to the next generation.  
Highlands and Islands fragile communities to get online advice
People working to grow some of the Highlands and Islands most fragile communities are to benefit from free online access to a range of top tips and advice.   The Scottish Community Land Network (SCLN) website, funded by HIE, has published a training package aimed at supporting anyone involved in community driven activities.  
500th Request For Business Assistance
The Business information and advice service for the Highland and Moray Councils which is delivered by The Highland Council's Enterprise Trust, Highland Opportunity Limited, has just reached its first major milestone today with at total of 500 requests for advice and assistance having been received since the service started on 1st April.   Enquiries to Business Gateway have come via the national website and the national telephone number 0845 609 6611 and 30% of enquiries have come from people visiting the walk-in shops in Inverness and Elgin where business advisers are on hand to answer queries and provide information.  
'Everybody Online - Caithness'
'Everybody Online - Caithness', the first project of its kind in the Highlands, is being launched to allow locals who have never had the chance to use the internet to discover what it can do.  The project being funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), with the support of BT Scotland, is run by a national charity 'Citizens Online' and aims to use technology to help communities counter social disadvantage.  
HIE Commissions Firm To Plan New Future For John o GroatsThumbnail for article : HIE Commissions Firm To Plan New Future For John o Groats
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned Edinburgh based planning consultants GVA Grimley to produce a physical masterplan for John O'Groats.  The masterplan will provide a sustainable long term model for creating an iconic visitor attraction which will include retail outlets, food and drink offerings and various levels of tourist accommodation.  
Plans For 1 Million Upgrade To Wick High School Unveiled
Plans for a 1 million upgrade of Wick High School have been unveiled to staff and parent representatives.   It is hoped that work can start during the summer following a competitive tendering process on a 25-week contract to extend the dining facilities and upgrade and extend the gymnasium changing facilities.  
Caithness Voluntary Group Funding Workshops
LEADER funding workshops are being arranged by Caithness Voluntary Group for venues in Wick and Thurso at the end of this month.   The sessions, which are free of charge, are being presented by Highland LEADER development officer Fiona Cameron.  
International Help For Local Businesses
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is launching an extended programme of international trade development events for 2009.   One of the aims of the programme will be to maximise the benefits to local businesses of the new direct flights between Inverness and Dusseldorf in Germany.