Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
28th April 2019
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 overall value of the framework could be up to £400M, and could last from 4-7 years. Six contracts have been awarded, bringing together a total of 28 companies. All companies bidding to be part of the framework were also required to submit a socio-economic plan detailing how their work would help to create a positive legacy for Caithness and north Sutherland. More at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/supply-chain-to-play-key-role-in-decommissioning-projects-at-dounreay
I'm delighted to say that Peter Faccenda started work in his new role as CNSRP Manager this week. Peter will be based from the HIE office in Thurso, and has already begun to meet with partners as he gets up to speed with the current and future activities of CNSRP.
Tuesday 30th April is the deadline for any food and drink companies to register for the biennial Showcasing Scotland event at Gleneagles in October. Delivered in partnership by Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Development International, Showcasing Scotland 2019 offers three days of events which will showcase the very best of Scotland's produce, help to build new trade relationships and secure future business. The previous event in 2017 saw nearly 2,000 one-to-one sessions and business visits for buyers, resulting in over £60m of sales across all key markets. For more details and to register see http://www.showcasingscotland.com/
The last two weeks have seen further Community Planning activities in Caithness. I chaired a further meeting of the Caithness Community Planning Partnership, where for the first time we were able to begin interrogating the data emerging from the work being done on the ground in our four Locality Plan areas (Wick, Thurso, Castletown, Lybster/ Dunbeath/ Berriedale) and looking at where actions might help. The Locality groups for Wick, Thurso and Castletown also met to continue this work. The documents summarising the initial data from the four localities is now held on the Caithness CPP website at http://www.highlandcpp.org.uk/locality-plans-caithness.html
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:
This week, together with colleagues on the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, I met with Tony Perry, the NDA's new Head of Programme for Dounreay. It was an excellent opportunity for us to talk about key issues for the local area, and to highlight the importance of up to date data on Dounreay decommissioning (such as a Dounreay people plan). And today a small group of DSG representatives also met with Richard Leonard MSP, leader of Scottish Labour, and again discussed a range of opportunities and issues in the area.
Eann Sinclair - Area Manager, Caithness & Sutherland
Start-up businesses in the Outer Hebrides could receive a welcome injection of capital from a new joint initiative by Business Gateway Outer Hebrides and Highlands and Islands enterprise. The Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS), will provide grants of up to £2,500 to support entrepreneurs age 18-40 to set up businesses in key sectors across the Outer Hebrides.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed an international technology-led services and payments specialist as the newest tenant to Thurso Business Park. The agency has developed the park to enable local firms to expand and to attract new companies into the area.
Residents of Britain's most remote inhabited island have stepped up efforts to move towards a cleaner energy system. The people of Foula off Shetland have signed up to the Clean Energy Transition Pledge, which commits them to producing a decarbonisation plan over the next 12 months.
The authors of far-reaching 2018 report on potential investment priorities at Cairngorm Mountain have reviewed and updated their findings. US-based consultants SE Group were commissioned last year by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), owner of Cairngorm estate.
Scotland's enterprise agencies have launched ambitious plans to help build a more economically vibrant country. Collectively, and as part of the broader skills and enterprise community, Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have set out how they will invest to support sustainable and inclusive growth in every part of Scotland.
In April 2019 Peter Faccenda took over the role of Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership manager. He takes over from Eann Sinclair who was appointment as Caithness and Sutherland area manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Weeks commencing 20th & 27th May Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project this week reached an output capacity of 587.9MW (its installed capacity is 588MW), which is the highest output from any renewable source in Scotland. And as the construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore project comes to an end it is good to see that offshore piling operations have begun for the Moray East offshore windfarm development.
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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.
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