Works To Resume On Inverness Campus As Lockdown Eases
5th June 2020
Fibre communications infrastructure firm, CityFibre, is due on site this week to resume connection works at its fibre hub based on the Campus.
NHS Highland is set to begin ground works in preparation for a major development over three plots. And completion works will be carried out on the new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists linking the Campus with the Inverness Retail and Business Park.
Campus developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has also removed signage installed in April to deter people from bringing cars when they visit the campus for daily exercise.
Visitors are however being reminded to only park in designated car parks, including HIE's own car park at An Lòchran, and not on the campus roads, pavements and verges. This is both for the safety of all Campus users, and to maintain the high quality of the Campus environment. They are also being reminded to maintain social distancing while on site.
Ruaraidh MacNeil, HIE's Inverness Campus project director, said:"There are several really interesting projects on Inverness Campus that have been on hold since the lockdown began in March, so it's really good to see some of this work pick up again. In the months ahead we can expect to see some noticeable progress being made on developments that will ultimately bring benefits for communities across the Highlands and Islands."
HIE's own offices on the Campus will remain closed as staff continue to work from home.
Ruaraidh Macneil, HIE's Inverness Campus project director
The purpose built 929 square metre manufacturing facility at 5 Innovation Way is owned by park developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). It sits opposite Orbex's existing premises also located in the Enterprise Park and owned by the company.
The Barr River hydropower scheme was completed in July 2021 on a site deep in the forest, 11 miles from the village of Lochaline. Today will also mark the opening of two further community-developed facilities - a community hub and new housing.
Entries are now open for the 2022 University of the Highlands and Islands business competition. Budding entrepreneurs with a business idea are invited to apply, with £8000 in prize money up for grabs.
As part of our continued response to supporting economic recovery following the pandemic, this fund aims to stimulate an increase in regional employment for individuals aiming to move into self-employment whilst helping to support growth and resilience in young companies. The scheme can provide grant funding of up to 50% of eligible costs for capital equipment for start-up or young companies/social enterprises (less than five years old).
Sinclair Breweries, which operates the Orkney Brewery, is investing £300,000 to expand the kitchen in the brewery's visitor centre, install an on-site kegging plant and set up an improved temperature control system. A contribution of up to £99,000 has been secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Destination Net Zero will provide support to tourism businesses and destinations as they transition to a greener, more sustainable future. A key strand in the Scottish Government's COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Programme, the initiative includes the creation of a website offering practical advice for businesses when moving to low-carbon, an awareness-raising programme promoting net zero as good business and funding support, due to be announced later this year, for up to 250 businesses and at least two destinations to invest in carbon reduction activity.
Businesses in rural areas across Scotland are being encouraged to take part in a new Rural Business Panel survey, which gets underway this week. More than 2,700 firms are to be contacted for their views on topics such as economic confidence, business performance and optimism, as well as current concerns such as financing, increased costs, supply chain issues and labour challenges.
The investment will support the delivery of nine different projects from across the region, including new visitor facilities, services and installations at mountain resorts, as well as investment to reduce carbon impacts at key visitor sites and buildings. The financial support is being distributed by HIE on behalf of the Scottish Government, which has pledged £3.95m to help Scotland's tourism industry be greener and more sustainable.
A new report launched (Wednesday 29th September 2021), commissioned by Caithness Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, demonstrates the economic benefits that Space Hub Sutherland will bring to the North Highland and Moray areas. Space Hub Sutherland - a new satellite launch site - will bring huge employment and tourism benefits to the Scottish Highlands.
Community representatives from across Scotland are taking part in an online programme to help shape the future of local tourism destination management. The three-month online Communities Leading in Tourism course, which starts on Tuesday 28 September 2021, is designed to boost tourism sector expertise and destination leadership skills.