Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
1st June 2018
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. More at https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Premier-Inn-planned-for-derelict-Thurso-site-31052018.htm
CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is beginning a programme of events with the Entrepreneurial Academy by running an "Entrepreneurial Sales" workshop in Thurso on 13th June. Workshop presenter will be Matthew of Future Sales Factory, who says "From first handshake to first invoice, those attending the Entrepreneurial Sales workshop will go away with skills that can be implemented in their business straight away." To see further details on the event, and to book a place visit http://www.hie.co.uk/about-hie/events/archive/13-06-2018-entrepreneurial-sales.html
Business Gateway (managed in the Highlands by CNSRP partner Highland Council) continues to run a series of very useful business events, with several coming up in the next few weeks. Of particular interest might be the workshop on “Paths into Public procurement” on 11th June in Wick, which aims to help businesses bid for public sector contracts. More on this at https://www.bgateway.com/events/9443/paths-into-public-procurement
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 really pleased to be asked if I would contribute a regular column on CNSRP-related activities to the John O' Groat Journal/ Caithness Courier, and this week saw the first of the columns appearing in Wednesday's Caithness Courier. I focused on “10 years of CNSRP” and highlighted some of the areas in which partners have been able to help the economic transition of the area. I’m looking forward to having this regular opportunity to keep readers up to date with current activities. I recently wrote an article on the same theme for the Dounreay magazine, and it appears in the latest issue (May 2018). You can find previous issues of the publication at https://dounreay.com/news/publications/
On a related note, Scottish Provincial Press continues to publish its Energy North supplement, to which I have been pleased to contribute in the past. The latest edition is online at https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=70cbb702-b278-43e8-ad36-f6bd94e600fb
Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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