Overall, the number of people unemployed in Caithness and Sutherland fell from 808 last month to 755. The revised unemployment rates in the Sutherland, Wick and Thurso 'Travel to Work Areas' respectively are as follows (corresponding figures for last month are in brackets): 3.4% (3.7%), 4.4% (4.4%) and 2.4% (2.8%).
An award winning Caithness photographer has taken the decision to develop his hobby into a full time business. John Baikie, along with his wife Michelle, will run Caithness Photographic from their home in Castletown.
After many weeks of pacing about, much pulling out of hair, writing and rewriting 1000's of lines of code, the main part of the Business Index refit is now complete. These changes cover the page for every business in every category. Our submissions system has also changed, adding new submissions directly into the database for approval. This should remove the "bounced e-mail" problems some people have encountered. All that remains to be rebuilt is the news section, which should be finished soon. So... other than that and a few wee bits to tidy up, we're almost there :) Please note that all e-mails received regarding changes to business details and new submissions have now been dealt with, so if you find that your business information has not been updated, it means that we never received your information, please use the contact page, for the moment, to send updated information..
The Caithness Area Committee of the Highland Council has nominated Cllr Bill Fernie as their representative on the Board of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). Bill represents the West Wick ward and is the Area Committee's chairman of Housing and Social Work.
Brand new luxury self-catering apartments with indoor leisure facilities are to be built at Latheronwheel, Caithness. Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has awarded City Centre Estates (Leisure) Ltd a funding package to turn a group of derelict buildings in the village into three, four-star standard holiday homes with swimming pool.
A Caithness couple are embarking on a new business venture with help from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). Louise and Peter Sinclair from Keiss are in the process of establishing the Sinclair Bay Lobster Company, which will buy lobsters in the summer months when prices are at their lowest and store them live until the winter when a premium price can be sought for the product.
A Caithness-based dental technician has plenty to smile about after being awarded a grant to start his own business. Qualified dental technician, Allan Young has been awarded a financial package from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) via the HIE-Starts programme.
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has published its year-end results, following the release of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Network's results this morning. CASE performed well in all of the Network's themes of Strengthening Communities, Developing Skills, Making Global Connections and Growing Businesses.
Businesses providing either property construction or advisory services in the Highlands and Islands are being urged to attend seminars across the region intended to highlight changes in the way Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will be buying and delivering some services. HIE is to adopt an approach called supply partnering, which consists of providing services, either for its clients or for the network itself, through a partnership approach with a number of key, strategic suppliers.
A new generation of skilled workers are to have their achievements recognised in a national award scheme. Entries are currently being invited from businesses throughout the country for the 2003 Modern Apprenticeship awards.
Wick based, Training Consultancy, JIT Training has won a contract to provide CRM Training to international news agency Reuters. JIT Training will be working in partnership with London based CRM Consultancy, Extraprise Ltd.
Scotland's 143,000 small and medium sized businesses will soon have access to a previously unavailable source of finance, with the launch of a pioneering point of sale rental finance facility. Bank of Scotland Business Banking and innovative Australian financial services company, RentSmart have created a joint venture, RentSmart Ltd that will launch the new facility in the UK in May.
A young Thurso man has become the first person in the Highlands, and only the second in Scotland, to achieve a Modern Apprenticeship in Craft Bakery. Colin Gauld, who has been employed by Reid's Bakery at Riverside Place in Thurso since 1999, was presented with a certificate in recognition of his achievement at a ceremony in the Pentland Hotel today (Friday 28 March).
An innovative piece of agricultural machinery designed to assist in the treatment of sick or injured cattle is now available for hire in the far north, with help from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). G, E & A Mowat of Quoynee Farm near Halkirk have been awarded a business development grant worth £1,500 towards the purchase of an Aqua Cow Riser Tank, which can be hired out to vets and other farmers in the area through the Caithness Machinery Ring.
Most people know that the housing market in Scotland's major cities have been booming of late, but what is less well known is that house prices in the rural Highlands are buoyant too with Thurso in particular recording noticeable increases in prices over the last few years. A Highland home is, of course, an inviting prospect for many who are lured to the region by the various attractions of a rural retreat where they can live and indulge in a range of outdoor pursuits on their doorstep.
Pupils from 16 Caithness and Sutherland primary schools will converge at the Weigh Inn Hotel in Thurso on Tuesday (25 March) to take part in a schools enterprise challenge. The pupils - all from P4 to P7 - will be given just four hours to come up with an original business idea, then design and make their product and devise a marketing plan.
Divers in Caithness have taken the first step towards realising plans to build a Dive Centre in Wick thanks to Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) CASE has awarded the Far North Sub Aqua Club a funding package totalling £3,147 - which includes over £1,500 from the European-funded Community Economic Development (CED) programme - towards phase one of the project. The Far North Sub Aqua Club is leasing a plot of land from Wick Harbour Trust where it plans to build a Dive Centre, which will provide storage space for equipment and a classroom facility for diving courses.
Recruit Wick is a multi agency initiative aimed at supporting and assisting small businesses on all aspects of the recruitment process. This project follows on from the highly successful Recruit Sutherland which operated as an 18 month pilot project from April 2001.
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Photo shows: L to R: William Calder (Senior), fish merchant, Annemarie Monteforte, Business Development Manager, CASE and William Calder (Junior), fish merchant. A new Â£1 million fish grading and packaging factory is to be built at Scrabster Harbour with funding support from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department.