Enterprise chief upbeat about the far north economy

16th November 2012

The ambition of Caithness in its attempt to diversify its economy after being dependent on Dounreay for over 50 years has been described as impressive.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) area manager for Caithness and Sutherland Roy Kirk said the the north Highlands is making the most out of the opportunities it has to create a prosperous future.

His views came as HIE held a business breakfast in Thurso on Wednesday when representatives from 30 business and community groups discussed the area’s future economic prospects.

The meeting was part of a two day visit by the agency’s board to the area which took in Pulteneytown Peoples Project in Wick, Scrabster Harbour Trust and North Highland College UHI as well as an update on the redevelopment of John O’Groats.

Mr Kirk said that it gave the chance for the far north business community to put forward issues on what they felt is the best way forward for the economy.

“This visit by the HIE board will help provide them with an insight into the ambition and innovation of business and community groups across Caithness and Sutherland,” he said.

“The scale of change underway is unlike that in any other part of Scotland.

“It is important that we review the challenges we face and what progress has been made in boosting the economy.

“This includes recognising the exciting developments in industries such as tourism, renewable energy and food and drink.”

Mr Kirk is to give a presentation at the newly formed Caithness and North Sutherland area committee of Highland Council in Wick Assembly Rooms on Monday.

He said developments in the renewable industry are only one part of the regeneration plan, claiming that significant progress is also being made in other areas of the economy.

“The progress made so far is impressive, from the £6 million investment in John O’Groats and £20 million redevelopment of Scrabster Harbour to the talent emerging from UHI’s Engineering Technology and Energy Centre in Thurso. The people of Caithness and Sutherland have proven that they have the confidence and skills to make the most of the opportunities which are arising.”

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