Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
4th November 2017
Week commencing 30th October 2017
Energy & business services:
The operators of the Moray (East) Offshore Windfarm development (also known as "Moray 1") have announced this week that MHI Vestas has been awarded the contract to supply and install up to one hundred 9.5MW turbines for the development. The Vestas brand will be familiar to many through its use in onshore wind turbines: as previously highlighted here, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium will be using Siemens turbines. http://renews.biz/108965/moray-confirms-mhi-vestas/
Caithness Chamber of Commerce will next week be hosting a Cyber Strong workshop for businesses. As part of a programme of events across the Highlands sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) the event will help local businesses and social enterprises achieve national Cyber Essentials accreditation. The industry and government recognised certification scheme helps businesses minimise the risk of a cyber attack, and demonstrates that they are taking the measures needed to protect themselves and their clients' data. The event will take place in Thurso on Tuesday 7th November - to find out more and to book a place see http://caithnesschamber.com/events/get-cyber-strong-with-hie
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:
I was out at the Dounreay site this week to attend a meeting of the Dounreay Socio-economic Board, which brings together DSRL, the NDA, Dounreay unions to guide the nuclear partners' inputs to socio-economic activities. The Dounreay MD Phil Craig chaired the discussion on CNSRP projects, and on specific requests for support in delivering activities. Delighted with the support (along with constructive challenge) from the meeting, which will enable CNSRP partner HIE to move forward with some important activities in the coming months.
I enjoyed an opportunity to take over HIE's Instagram account this week, where I have been highlighting the work HIE and other CNSRP partners undertake, as well as the investments already made which are helping with the economic transition process for our area. Social media continues to be an important way of communicating progress, and I continue to coordinate CNSRP messages across social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can find details of CNSRP social media addresses below.
SPP's Energy North supplement was published last week in all SPP titles across the Highlands and Moray. The usual range of topical news items is complemented this month with a very touching tribute to the late Calum Davidson, who as Director of Energy & Low Carbon at HIE did so much to advance the cause of the offshore renewables industry in particular. The publication is now online to read at http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=eb2de3b9-a503-4fe9-8d36-b99a4ffc107d
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19 August 2018 Energy & Business Services: It was good to meet this week with Mike Muir of M2 Procurement & Commercial Services. Mike has extensive experience in procurement and commercial services, particularly in the nuclear sector, and I was delighted to hear that M2PCS has recently been awarded a contract to help develop the "Open4Business" portal that SSE has used to advertise many of its supply chain contracts.
On Thursday 16th August 2018 councillors on the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee will discuss the update from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership which is reproduced below. 3.
Week Commencing 23 July 2018 UK Vertical Launch Sutherland: Following last week's major announcements concerning the vertical satellite launch facility proposed for North Sutherland, it is good to see interest and comment continue to appear in the press. I was particularly delighted to see the pieces in this week's local press with Caithness Chamber's Chief Executive Trudy Morris highlighting the work that has been put in from a number of CNSRP partners in attracting the opportunity to the north.
Week Commencing 16 July 2018 UK Vertical Launch Sutherland: Around three years ago, Roy Kirk and colleagues from CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) began to investigate the potential economic benefits of developing a facility somewhere on the north coast from which to launch small scale satellites into polar and sun synchronous orbits. The market for small scale satellite applications continues to grow, with Glasgow already a centre for space industry businesses.
Week commencing 9th July 2018. Energy & Business Services: * Yet another milestone was achieved for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project this week, as the final turbine foundation (number 86 of 86) was installed by contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting.
Partners in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) have given a warm welcome to Ian Ross as he takes over the role of Independent Chair from Sir Anthony Cleaver. Following a public recruitment campaign Ian Ross this week takes on a two-year contract as Independent Chair of CNSRP, as its partners continue to support the area's economy to transition away from dependence on nuclear decommissioning work.
Week Commencing 17 June 2018 Energy & Business Services: Representatives of Sykes @ Home were in Caithness this week to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers, beginning with a well-supported drop-in recruitment event in Thurso. CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands.
Weeks commencing 4th and11th June 2018 Energy & Business Services: I'm looking forward next week to meeting with representatives of Sykes @ Home when they come to Caithness to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers. CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise has continued to work on attracting business services opportunities to the north, and this one will be of interest to many people in the area.
Tourism: Interesting to note that Whitbread have this week confirmed an intention to submit planning application to build a Premier Inn in Thurso. The proposal is for ground near Thurso railway station, and the news has been given a cautious welcome, with some questions about effects on existing hotel businesses.
Weeks Commencing 7th - 21st May 2018 Energy & business services: As the first towers for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm arrive in Nigg this week, Crown Estate Scotland has begun looking ahead to the next generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland. The Moray Firth has been a real focal point for offshore wind in Scotland, with the Beatrice project set to enter its operation and maintenance phase in 2019 and the Moray Offshore project currently moving towards financial close during 2018.
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