Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
2nd March 2019
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
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). The event was well attended, and was also streamed on Facebook Live (watch it again at https://www.facebook.com/edicnhi/videos/2333009543400396/) - one and half hours. Speakers included HIE, Inverness Chamber's Export Partnership, the Enterprise Europe Network and Skills Development Scotland. It was clear that attendees found the very detailed and practical information in the presentations very useful, and several have taken away immediate actions which can be found in the excellent https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/updates/essential-actions-businesses-should-take-now
Funding for academic-business collaborations in Energy: The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) offers funding of around £10k towards academic time on a low carbon project that will bring economic benefit to an SME. HIE is a partner in the ETP, which also provides access to technical expertise via 7 dedicated Business Development Managers in various sub-sectors (such as marine, wind, solar, and energy systems). Businesses interested in support through ETP can contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.etp-scotland.ac.uk/
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 and heard updates on current projects, as well as agreeing on a route forward for the Partnership's programme of activities. Members also welcomed news that interviews for a new CNSRP Manager will take place next week.
This week's Caithness Courier carried an interview with HIE's Roy Kirk on his role as the Director for the Sutherland SpaceHub project. (not online)
Eann Sinclair - Area Manager, Caithness & Sutherland
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A new £4.5m life sciences building was officially opened at Inverness Campus by the Deputy First Minister Mr John Swinney, on Monday 20 May 2019. Called ‘Solasta House', it offers flexible space for new and expanding technology and life sciences companies and is already home to eight companies and could be 75 percent full by the summer.
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.
The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, now in their fifteenth year, will be held on Friday 15 November 2019 at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. With some of the best natural produce in the world, the Awards showcase and celebrate excellence and achievement in the food and drink industry in the region.
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.
Twelve Highland business leaders have been selected to take part in the next IMPACT30 programme. The programme aims to support the next generation of business leaders, by providing personalised support, coaching and mentoring responsive to their unique growth needs.
An extended online portal that helps small to medium enterprises in the Highlands and Islands find new business opportunities from large contracts, will be launched on Thursday (4 April 2019). The Open4Business (O4B) portal was originally set up in 2012 by SSE to link supply chain firms with large SSE construction projects.
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).
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