Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
9th January 2015
Week Commencing 5 January 2015
Tourism, Food & Drink:
This month marks the start of Scotland's Year of Food & Drink. Local companies had a year of encouraging activities in 2014, with products from businesses such as Reid's of Caithness, Caithness Biscuits, Annie’s Bakery, JPL Shellfish, Scrabster Seafoods, Caithness Chocolate, Berry Good, Dunnet Bay Distillers, Pulteney Distillery and Wolfburn Distillery all making progress in local, national and international markets. Indeed Annie’s Bakery (based at Canisbay in Caithness) was one of several Highlands & Islands businesses featured in product tastings at a joint HIE/ Sail Scotland presence at the London Boat Show this week. VisitScotland has also established a Food & Drink Growth Fund to help marketing campaigns inspired by Scotland’s food & drink offering. The first application deadline of the year will be 20th February. Details on the Fund and how to apply are at http://www.visitscotland.org/business_support/marketing_opportunities/growth_fund/year_of_food_and_drink_growth.aspx You can also find out more about the events and initiatives planned during the year at http://www.eventscotland.org/funding/year-of-food-and-drink-2015/ The programme will have monthly themes, with the first three months focussing on Traditional Foods, The Food of Love and Brewing & Distilling.
Next week sees the last of the series of workshops being run by Highland Council to allow discussion and comment on the Main Issues Report for the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan. The workshop will take place in Brora Community Centre on Monday 12th January, with display boards available to view from 5.30pm and the workshop taking place from 6.30-8.30pm. More information on the Main issues Report and the Local development Plan is at www.highland.gov.uk/casplan
The multi-partner "Jobs & How To Get Them" event will return to the ETEC building at North Highland College in Thurso from 10am-2pm on Saturday 7th February. The event is again supported by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, Job Centre Plus, Skills Development Scotland, Highland Council and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. Next week the event steering group will meet to finalise arrangements for exhibitors and for workshops on key employability issues. The event is now in its third year, having had two successful days in Thurso and Wick in 2013 and 2014: both events attracted over 300 attendees and around 40 exhibiting companies/ organisations. Further information will be available from the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/caithnessjobs?ref=ts&fref=ts
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Highland Council Offices, Rotterdam Street, Thurso KW14 8AB
Tel: 01847 805520
Mob: 07717 694055
Week Commencing 19th March 2018 Energy & Business services: Interesting this week to read news of continuing interest in Floating Offshore Wind on the north cost of Caithness and Sutherland. As I've previously mentioned here, the Dounreay Tri project intended to build a Floating Offshore demonstrator project at a site around 6km north of Dounreay, but following that company's entering into administration the future for the development was uncertain.
Week Commencing 12th March 2018 Energy & Business services: Crown Estate Scotland has announced that following last September's Contracts for Difference auction, which demonstrated a sharp fall in the cost of offshore wind electricity, it will now consult industry and government on further leasing rounds for offshore wind. Marine Scotland will lead a planning process to identify potential new sites, which will include both fixed and floating offshore wind.
Week Commencing 5th March 2018. Energy & Business services: An interesting update report in today's John O'Groat Journal, which highlights that Fraser Well Management has been appointed to carry out work on the "Wick well" oil field off the Caithness coast at Lybster.
Week commencing 19th February 2018. Energy & Business services: Good to see the installations of pontoons in Wick's Inner Harbour progressing, as part of the construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project.
Energy & business services: Staff from AGM Batteries were represented at a business breakfast event this week (see communications below), and it is great to see their recent success recognised in today's John o' Groat Journal. The company, which is based on Thurso's Business Park, has been awarded a £1.48 million grant through the UK Government's Faraday Battery Challenge.
Week Commencing 29th January 2018. Energy & business services.
Energy & business services: The Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme is now open for applications. Financial support through the programme has been designed to encourage innovation of both design and business models.
Week commencing 15th January 2018 Enabling activities: It is always great to see an innovative Caithness company being recognised - this time Norscot Joinery, whose partnership with Strathclyde University through the Interface programme, is up for Innovation of the Year in the 2018 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. http://www.bqlive.co.uk/scotland/2018/01/11/news/scottish-knowledge-exchange-awards-finalists-announced-29865/ Business Gateway (managed in the Highlands by CNSRP partner the Highland Council) will be running two workshops for businesses interested in boosting their digital profile.
Week Commencing 8 January 2018 Energy & business services: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy - the suppliers of the turbines for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm - are advertising several new roles to be based at the operations base in Wick. See http://forum.caithness.org/forumdisplay.php?22-Job-Vacancies.
Week Commencing 1st January 2018. Energy & business services: 2018 promises to be another year of exciting change in the energy sector, and to highlight how things have progressed in the north the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm team have produced a short booklet outlining the significant milestones that have been achieved during 2017 - you can access the booklet at https://www.beatricewind.com/single-post/2017/12/22/lookingbackat2017 .
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