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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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
We would like to reassure you that HIE is doing all it can to gather information and work with Scottish Government to ensure that the appropriate support is reaching our communities and local economy. We hope to soon have more detail about how to access the recently announced Scottish Government grants to help communities affected by Covid19 https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19 You will have seen new headlines emerging daily at a national and UK level with proposed measures to help individuals, businesses and communities.
Scotland's two week festival of data was launched on 9th March 2020 by Scottish Government's cabinet secretary for finance Kate Forbes in An Lòchran, Inverness. Now in its fourth year, DataFest will once again showcase Scotland's leading role in data science and artificial intelligence.
Planning permission was granted yesterday for a 32,670 square foot site that will house a distillery, visitor centre and bonded warehouse. The new micro distillery at John O'Groats has secured a grant from Highland and Islands Enterprise of £198,000.
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years. Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has submitted a planning application for a vertical launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, that it plans to construct on the A' Mhoine peninsula, Melness, near Tongue.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contracted marketing and business development company, Business and Tourism Solutions (BTS), who will work with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to deliver the programme. It will provide intensive engagement, support and interventions for around 50 businesses and providers in the sector across the Highland Council area.
The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years. The latest generation of small communications satellites could be launched into Earth orbit from the northern Highlands of Scotland within the next two years.
According to the draft Scottish Govenment budget, Highlands and Islands Enterprise will get £58.2 million in the upcoming financial year - down from £61.1 million last year. 2018/19 the budget was £71.7 million.
A Caithness company is planning to invest more than £2m in its Wick plant, in a move that could see up to 40 new jobs created in the town over the next five years. Family-run Ashley Ann Ltd (AAL) designs and manufactures kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.
The transnational project, called ‘DisruptAqua', is worth €155,000 and is being supported by the European Union's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020. As the demand for fish is increasing, the innovative use of existing and new technologies is required.
Social enterprises are a critical part of the rural economy contributing £250m in the Highlands and Islands and South of Scotland areas. This is according to new figures released by HIE and South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SoSEP).
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