Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
12th March 2016
Week Commencing 7th March 2016.
Energy & Business Services:
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) has advertised a pre-application consultation event in Wick next week in support of plans related to the onshore infrastructure at Wick Harbour for its proposed offshore windfarm development off the Caithness coast. The event will take place on Wednesday 16th March in Mackay's Hotel, Wick, from 3pm-7pm. More information on the BOWL project at www.sse.com/beatrice
Tourism, Food and Drink:
Good to see this week's announcement from VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead that the new Chairman of VisitScotland will be John Thurso, former MP for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross. John's distinguished career in the hospitality industry makes him an ideal candidate to succeed Maurice Cantley as Chairman. John has had a key interest in the Regeneration Partnership since its earliest days, and was instrumental (with organisations such Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council, Dounreay, the NDA) in the Socio-economic Strategy Group that took forward the work that led to the "Strategy for Caithness & North Sutherland" in 2006. It was the recommendations from this strategy document that led to the creation of CNSRP in 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-35744760
Following the recent interest in photographic and film promotion of the north, it is good to hear this week that a free Masterclass on "Smartphone Filmmaking" is to be held in UHI's Dornoch campus on 1st April. The two Masterclasses are being run by respected film-maker Robert Aitken, whose new film "Last Footsteps of Home" was filmed in the north. For more information, and to register to attend, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smartphone-filmmaking-masterclass-tickets-22646197386?aff=eac2 Venture North is also holding a one-day social media workshop this weekend, following last week's launch of the superb Venture North Discovery series of promotional films.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce manages both the Caithness Transport Forum and the Wick John O’Groats Airport Consultative Committee, with support from CNSRP partners Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and the Highland Council. Both groups met in Wick last week. The Airport Consultative Committee heard a helpful update from Loganair’s Director of Operations on the current upgrade to its fleet of aircraft, as well as discussing news of changes to Eastern Airways’ flight schedule at Wick.
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP's partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week:
Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill continues its impressive programme of events with a Gaelic awareness day tomorrow (Saturday 12th). The event is held jointly with CNSRP partner Highland Council’s Gaelic team, and is supported by SSE’s Strathy North fund and the Robertson Trust. The event, which starts at 11am, will feature activities for adults and children.
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
Tel: 01847 805211
Mob: 07717 694055
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 .
Weeks commencing 20th and 27th November 2017 Energy & business services: Delighted to hear that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, had a good level of interest at its recruitment event in Wick last week. SeaCat is seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and I understand that several applications are now being taken forward.
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