Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Board Heads To Thurso
6th May 2007
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) will be holding its next public board meeting at the Pentland Hotel in Thurso on Tuesday May 15, 2007.
Chair for HIE Caithness and Sutherland Pat Buchanan will begin proceedings by welcoming the board to Caithness.
HIE chair William Roe said: "Growing businesses, making global connections, developing skills and strengthening communities are key objectives for the HIE network and particularly relevant to Caithness and Sutherland. Our goal is to enable local communities and businesses to diversify and strengthen the economic base, which will in turn boost confidence and help attract more people to the area.
"Last October, the Caithness Socio-Economic Strategy Group published its final strategy document following public consultation. Following that, a multi agency partnership including the HIE network, The Highland Council, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Scottish Executive has been established to develop and implement an action plan which will provide a robust and co-ordinated approach to regenerating the Caithness and north Sutherland economy."
Items on the board meeting agenda will include HIE's end of year results and a discussion on Caithness and Sutherland's economic position following a presentation on local issues by area director for HIE Caithness and Sutherland, Carroll Buxton.
Members of the public are invited to the meeting as observers and will be welcome to attend for all or part of the agenda, which can be read in advance from Thursday, May 10 on the HIE website - www.hie.co.uk/board.html
Board papers on the agenda items will also be available online at this address, or can be collected at the meeting. These documents are for comment and approval by the Board and do not represent HIE's final position on agenda items. Board members and senior staff will join those attending during tea and coffee at 10.30am with business getting underway at 11am.
HIE conducts eight board meetings annually at various venues around the Highlands and Islands.
People in 14 communities across the Highlands and Islands are being asked to take part in an online survey on rural banking services. The survey will be used to gather feedback from a broad range of individual households, businesses and community groups in areas expected to be affected by local bank branch closures.
A £5.39m construction contract has been awarded for the development of a new Research and Innovation Campus in Orkney. The campus is a joint venture by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC) who have appointed Kirkwall based R Clouston Limited as the main contractor.
A Caithness engineering and design company has become the first to achieve national accreditation through the region's ‘Cyber Strong' initiative. Thurso based Envision Engineering & Design has been awarded government backed Cyber Essentials certification.
Google's Digital Garage team, which offers free digital training to people of all ages to help them find a job, grow in their career and or business, is coming to four Highlands and Islands campuses this month to give students advice on how best to sell their skills to a new employer. As part of employability month, mentors from Google Digital Garage will travel to Alness, Inverness, Thurso and Kirkwall in Orkney to advise on how you can create a CV that shines.
Applications are now open for up to 50 ambitious entrepreneurs eager to grow their business and learn from one of the world's foremost entrepreneurs. Professor Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be in Edinburgh this summer for the residential Can Do SCALE summer school which runs from 18 - 20 June.
Norscot, the Highlands and Islands manufacturer of timber frame kits, windows and doors, received the Innovation of the Year Award at the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018. The awards, run by Interface, aim to celebrate the achievements of academic and business collaborations and partnerships.
Young people in Caithness will be the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres. A network of ‘Newton rooms' in Norway and one in Denmark are used to inspire more young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
A kit home and window manufacturer with operations in Caithness and Inverness has been shortlisted for a national award for innovation. Norscot is one of three finalists in the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 Innovation of the Year category, after developing a system for clients to view their new homes on site virtually before building work starts.
A Shetland boat building and engineering company has increased its workforce and is set to expand internationally as orders for workboats grow. Six new jobs have already been created at Malakoff Ltd after opening a new site earlier this year at Greenhead Base in Lerwick.
A £60m fund to keep Scotland at the forefront of low carbon innovation is now open for applications. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) will fund large scale projects which support the ambitions of the Scottish Government's new Scotland's Energy Strategy, which was published in December 2017.
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