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
Seven community projects are to benefit from over £80k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards. CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest funding includes improvements to youth activities, community and recreational facilities as well as progressing an ambitious project to establish a major visitor attraction in Caithness.
The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbour in Caithness has secured up to £3m investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St.
In April 2019 Peter Faccenda took over the role of Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership manager. He takes over from Eann Sinclair who was appointment as Caithness and Sutherland area manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Weeks commencing 20th & 27th May Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project this week reached an output capacity of 587.9MW (its installed capacity is 588MW), which is the highest output from any renewable source in Scotland. And as the construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore project comes to an end it is good to see that offshore piling operations have begun for the Moray East offshore windfarm development.
SpaceHub Sutherland: The team continued with a programme of drop-in events on the ground around the area this week, running drop-in events at the Village Hall in Skerray and the Kinlochbervie Hotel. For details on the project and the programme of events see http://www.hie.co.uk/regional-information/area-information/caithness-and-sutherland/uk-space-port/community-engagement.html Energy & Business Services: As previously highlighted, a meeting was held in Thurso to highlight the newly-established DeepWind Offshore Supply Chain Cluster.
Week Commencing 29 April 2019. Energy & Business Services: As we see positive progress with the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development, and the development of both Moray East and West projects, a new initiative to support supply chain companies to learn more about opportunities will be held in Thurso on 13th May.
Weeks commencing 8th-22nd April 2019. Energy & Business Services: It was good to see the announcement this week by Dounreay that its Decommissioning Services Framework had gone live.
Week Commencing 8th April 2019 Energy & Business Services: It was good to see this week in the Press & Journal's Energy Voice a piece confirming the transformational impact that the Beatrice Offshore project is having on Wick. It is a timely reminder that although the £2.6Bn project is nearing the end of its construction phase, the economic impacts in the north will continue over the lifetime of the project through the operations base in the restored harbourfront buildings in Wick, which will be home to around 90 workers.
Week Commencing 25th March 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The team's weekly presence in Tongue continued this week, and June Love from the team also delivered a presentation on the project to members of the Thurso & Wick Trades Union Council at its meeting this week. I attend all of the Trades Council's meetings, so it was good to hear the unanimously positive reaction to June's update from members (see Communications below for feedback on my discussion with members).
Week commencing 18 March 2019. Energy & Business Services: I'm delighted to see yesterday's news that Restore Digital have announced the creation of 39 new job opportunities in Wick.