Wave of optimism for Wick seaweed firm
5th July 2016
The first batches of seaweed have been harvested and processed by a new food and drink business in Wick.
New Wave Foods has invested £240,000 at its newly fitted out premises on the Wick Industrial Estate with support of £60,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The company turns wild-harvested seaweeds into edible products.
A full-time harvesting and processing manager has already been recruited and two other new staff have been harvesting seaweed around the Caithness coast since April. Up to nine jobs will be created within three years.
The business also has potential to generate future export sales for the north's valuable food and drink sector.
Seaweed is a valued food ingredient in other parts of the world and the market for seaweed products is considered to have significant potential in the UK and Europe. Trends point towards healthy eating awareness and growing consumer sophistication.
Peter Elbourne from New Wave Foods said: "The clean cool waters off the north coast provides the ideal natural environment for high quality nutritious seaweed to grow. New Wave Foods is proud to have created a sustainable harvesting policy to enable us to utilise this resource, while ensuring we take care of the natural environment. Indeed, we are proud to have already gained organic accreditation for our seaweed."
"Our new processing facility in Wick has already been fully commissioned and is today busy processing locally harvested species of seaweed. With increasing demand for seaweed stretching across many sectors of the food industry, we look forward to growing the business from our Wick base substantially in the coming months and years."
HIE's assistance has been provided towards harvesting equipment and refitting the factory unit to the necessary standards.
Keith Muir, HIE’s Head of Business Growth for Caithness and Sutherland added:
“New Wave Foods will make a significant contribution to the prosperity of the Wick area by providing local jobs where few alternatives currently exist.
“I’m encouraged to see this company establishing a new, innovative industry in the area. This helps support the aims of the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership to build a strong and diverse economy.”
Weeks commencing 4th & 11th March 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: Further community engagement events have taken place this week - a drop-in event was held in Tongue on Wednesday, followed by a further drop-in event in Wick on Thursday.
Did you know that France is looking for dairy products, the demand for craft beer is high in Thailand, and Switzerland is in need of engineering services? You can find out where in the world the demand for your product or service is on the Department of International Trade website. With over 17,000 export sales lead, you can also pitch your company to overseas buyers who are looking for products and services like yours.
Over the years, we have helped many companies throughout the Highlands and Islands to explore their exporting potential and be business brave. In our latest film, which has been viewed over 1,600 times already on Facebook, we featured just a small selection of these businesses.
Week Commencing 25 February 2019 Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project has passed the 75% mark in its construction phase with the installation this week of the 63rd of 84 turbines The company is also currently advertising for a Wind Turbine Engineer to be based at Wick. http://ssejobs.co.uk/caw/en/job/519979/wind-turbine-engineer Enabling activities: Caithness Chamber of Commerce - in its role as Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) for the North Highlands, Orkney and Shetland - hosted a Brexit Business Breakfast in Thurso today (Friday).
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to plan for the impacts of Brexit. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has made the call following the findings of the agency's latest business panel survey, carried out in September and October 2018.
Week Commencing 18th February 2019 SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team held two more information events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso. I attended the Thurso event, which saw a steady stream of interested visitors (around 100 in total) asking questions about the background to the project and on the progress it is making.
Young business leaders in the Highlands are being offered a chance to join a dynamic and highly personalised business growth programme to help drive their businesses forward. In October a chocolatier, an estate agent and a seller of Indian spices along with eight others became the first young leaders to be selected for IMPACT30.
Week commencing 11 February 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team are holding more events this week - in both the Melness Community Centre (Tuesday 19th February, 15.30-20.00) and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso (Wednesday 20th February, 15.30-20.00).
Weekly update from CNSRP - week commencing 4th February 2019. SpaceHub Sutherland: The SHS team were in the Kyle Community Centre in Tongue for the first of a planned weekly presence in the area on Wednesdays between 1000 to 1300 hrs to allow people to meet with the project team.
The arrival in Moray of spaceflight company, Orbex, which is expected to bring more than 130 jobs to the region, has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Orbex has set up a new Scottish base at the Enterprise Park Forres, which opened this week (7 February).
[Printer Friendly Version]