Plans to invest almost £375 million over the next three years in economic and community development across the Highlands and Islands have just been published by the area's enterprise network. The latest operating plan from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) details the key strategic projects which the development agency will be backing between now and 2010, along with a set of eight 'primary measure' targets covering many smaller-scale initiatives.
DOUNREAY SETS NEW RECORD FOR SAFETY PERFORMANCE As of Friday March 16, Dounreay had gone a record 184 days without a lost-time accident. This is equivalent to 2.18 million man-hours of work.
The prestigious BBC Radio 4 Food Programme paid a visit recently to Caithness, resulting in a 30 minute broadcast last weekend (March11) applauding the success of the Mey Selections brand and its parent company, North Highland Products. Sheila Dillon, the presenter of the programme, spent some time in the area visiting, amongst others, Mey Selections beef and lamb producers.
The domestic road freight market remains buoyant so far this year after the busiest festive season since the Freight Transport Association's quarterly market trends survey began in 1996. All regions of the UK are seeing increased demand for freight services with most optimism reported in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Another ground-breaking device is leading the way with decommissioning Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR). The innovative purpose built device, nicknamed Cyclops, was designed in-house by UKAEA's specialist design team.
A free newspaper has hit the streets of Caithness. But the proprietors of the local John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier don't need to worry.
A BRAND new easy-to-access system for small and medium sized food manufacturers to introduce a food safety quality assurance scheme will be launched on Monday (March 19) at the International Food Exhibition in London. It has come about after four food-chain organisations recognised that although smaller food providers are being courted more and more by retailers and food service companies, their ability to meet the demands of a range of different buyers is often blighted by confusion over exactly what quality assurance level they are required to aspire to.
A & D Furnishers have moved from their former premises at Breadalbane in Wick. They are now located in the former Caithness Glass Factory next to the Tesco store on the edge of Wick.
Superstore rejected on Ness-side, Inverness Members of The Highland Council's City of Inverness Planning Applications Committee today (13 March) unanimously refused an application for a district shopping centre, including a Tesco superstore, unit shops, petrol filling station and sites for hotel and doctors~ surgery on land at Ness-side, Dores Road, Inverness. The application was for the development of a district centre comprising a 4,447sqm superstore, additional commercial units, land for hotel and medical centre, car parking and landscaping on land to the west of Dores Road at the western most end of the Inverness Trunk Road Link formerly known as the Inverness Southern Distributor Road.
BARCLAYS LAUNCHES AWARDS AS A UNIQUE TRIBUTE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TURNED THEIR LIVES AROUND BY STARTING A BUSINESS People who have triumphed against the odds to set up a small business are to be recognised in a unique awards scheme to be launched this week (March 12), sponsored by Barclays and backed by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). The Barclays Trading Places Awards - now in their third year - aim to recognise men and women from all over the UK who have overcome various barriers and battled against adversity to positively change their lives by setting up in business.
The National Business Awards for Scotland recognises and rewards excellence, innovation and success. Uniquely open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector - public or private, companies from around the Caithness area are now being invited to take part in this year's competition.
What better way to spend a week or two in the far north than by renting a cottage. Caithness Cottages have two excellent cottages available and they are sure to be in demand with a huge variety of events taking place in the county this year.
OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW Old age and severe weather have taken their toll on the seasonal visitor centre at Dounreay. The former World War Two air traffic control tower was damaged during severe flooding in November.
Carbon Fibre Manufacturer Announces £22m Investment Over 3 Years SGL Technic Ltd, a subsidiary of German based SGL Group, today announced a £22m investment to expand its manufacturing facility in Muir of Ord, near Inverness creating up to 64 new jobs over the next 3 years and safeguarding the employment of the company's 85 staff. The Wiesbaden headquartered company is a leader in the research, development and manufacture of products made from carbon, graphite and composite materials.
Louise Smith of Ormlie Renewables has booked a stand (18 metres square) at the All energy Exhibition in Aberdeen and invites Caithness companies and organisations to participate in the Caithness stand. She has created an excellent opportunity and if you want to know more, get involved please contact Louise Anna The All-Energy exhibition and conference is the UK's largest event devoted to renewable energy.
Careers Scotland, HIE Caithness and Sutherland host the Annual Careers Convention on Wednesday 7th March 2007, from 5.30-8.30pm at Thurso High School. If you're thinking about a new job, updating your skills, facing redundancy or change, then come along to the Careers Convention.
SIMON MIDDLEMAS IS NEW SITE DIRECTOR Simon Middlemas has been appointed as the new director of the nuclear decommissioning site at Dounreay in succession to Norman Harrison. Simon has been acting director since August 2006 and prior to that he was deputy director.
Highlands and Islands MSP and former Education Minister Peter Peacock made a fact-finding visit to Dounreay on 26 February 2007. The group saw at first hand the demolition of the fast reactor experiment and visited the site of the latest building to be removed from the skyline - the site's former security office known as D9973.
New Report from Professor Peter Cooke, Nottingham Business School identifies the risks of lack of Board focus on company car disposal. BCA Vehicle Remarketing has published a new report, 'Rethinking Used Business Vehicle Disposal Strategy', independently researched and written by Professor Peter Cooke of Nottingham Business School.
Simon Middlemas has been appointed as the new Director of the nuclear decommissioning site at Dounreay in succession to Norman Harrison. Simon has been Acting Director since August 2006 and prior to that he was Deputy Director.