Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
21st January 2018
Week commencing 15th January 2018
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. "Facebook for Business" and "LinkedIn for Business" will both run on 1st February in Thurso - for joining details please see https://www.bgateway.com/events/7057/facebook-for-business-intermediate-digitalboost and https://www.bgateway.com/events/7058/linkedin-for-business-intermediate-digitalboost
And on a similar theme, great to see Chris Aitken leading Scotland's first "Girls Make Games" event in Wick. These hands-on events are designed to inspire the next generation of designers, creators, and engineers, and builds from the knowledge that whilst 49% of gamers are female, only 12% of the gaming industry is female. More about this California-based organisation is at http://girlsmakegames.com/index.html
Also coming up soon is a "Switched on @ Work" event hosted at the Castle of Mey and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, which will give businesses the opportunity to find out more about “ultra-low emission vehicles” and to discuss interest-free loans for electric vehicles, fuel efficient driver training for electric vehicles and grant funding for home and workplace charging infrastructure. To book a place on this free workshop email email@example.com or phone Diane on 01847 851473. For more information on the Switched on @ Work programme see http://bit.ly/2t9KYLS
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:
· The CNSRP Executive Board met this week. The Board brings together the Chief Executives of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council, Caithness Chamber of Commerce with senior representatives from Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Cavendish Dounreay Partnership, Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Government under the independent chairmanship of Sir Anthony Cleaver. The meeting looked at the strategic direction for partnership activities, and considered the risks and mitigations for the projects in the CNSRP Programme for 2017-2020. The Board also heard an update on the forthcoming recruitment for a successor to Sir Anthony Cleaver as independent chair. Sir Anthony has served as chair for ten years, and all partners have acknowledged how difficult it will be to recruit such a well-connected, influential successor.
· This week saw the publication of articles authored by two journalists (from Denmark and Spain) following their visit to Caithness last December to look at the impact of Dounreway and its decommissioning. Part one of the article focuses on voices from the Dounreay site (including June Love who is seconded to help CNSRP work on inward investment) https://euroscopemag.eu/goodbye-dounreay-it-is-going-to-be-the-biggest-shock-when-we-announce-the-first-load-of-redundancies/ And part two includes comments from me on the economic future of the area and opportunities identified by CNSRP partners. https://euroscopemag.eu/goodbye-dounreay-new-jobs-could-be-found-in-space-under-the-ocean-or-in-the-air/ It's pleasing to see how the area, and the process on which we area embarked, are viewed from outside the area.
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Weeks commencing 26th November and 3rd December 2018 UKVL Sutherland: I was delighted to take part in a discussion this week in Thurso with Trudy Morris of Caithness Chamber, the HIE team taking forward the UKVL project and UK/ US representatives from Lockheed Martin. As I have previously highlighted here, Lockheed Martin are one of the two industry partners involved in the project, and their vast experience of launch and satellite technology was clear as we discussed opportunities for the local supply chain as well as exciting opportunities to bring a long-term Lockheed Martin presence into Caithness and North Sutherland.
Week Commencing 26tg November 2018 Energy & Business Services: Following last week's Offshore Wind Week Crown Estate Scotland has just published its report into future licensing rounds for offshore wind leases. http://www.crownestatescotland.com/media-and-notices/news-media-releases-opinion/timescales-and-next-steps-for-new-offshore-wind-leasing-for-scotland at the same time it has been interesting to note that Highland Council's north planning committee this week agreed to raise no objection to the application by Moray West for an offshore windfarm off the Caithness coast.
Weeks Commencing 12th and 19th November 2018 Energy & Business Services: My colleague Keith Muir and I met up last week with the directors of JGC Engineering Services Ltd to catch up on current and future plans, which have been boosted by the news I shared recently that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England. Siemens is also the turbine provider for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm off the Caithness coast.
Energy & Business Services: I met up this week with Stephen Sutherland, Chair of Caithness Chamber of Commerce and director at JGC Engineering & Technical Services, at a tourism-related session hosted by the Chamber Board (see below for more). Stephen told me about the fantastic news that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England.
Weeks commencing 15th & 22nd October. Energy & Business Services: Cavendish Dounreay Partnership, the Parent Body Organisation at Dounreay, made a significant announcement last week on opportunities for its workforce .(https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dounreay-management-makes-long-term-employment-commitment-to-workforce), which included a commitment to "develop training and support programmes to put individuals in the strongest possible position to move into another local job with one of the growing industries such as space or renewable energy.
Weeks commencing 17th September- 1st October 2018. Energy & Business Services: CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in association with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Scottish Government, has launched a programme called "Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR)." This is a service to help the UK supply chain get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has made leadership changes in Caithness and Sutherland, following the recent announcement of plans to create a spaceport near Tongue. Roy Kirk has moved from his role as area manager to become project director for the new spaceport, where he will lead HIE's plans to develop the new satellite launch facility.
WeekCommencing 20th August 2018 Energy & Business Services: Good to see another Beatrice milestone being reached this week, with the news that all of the inter-array cabling for the development has now been completed. With the crew transfer vessels based in Wick now able to use the new pontoon berths at the harbour the project is reaching the critical phase where construction work and operations work are both moving ahead quickly.
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.
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