Broadband upgrade is welcome news

30th November 2011 from Caithness Courier

Businesses must continue to press for greater broadband access if economic regeneration in Caithness is to become a reality. Caithness Chamber of Commerce chairman Neil Robertson said that the Far North economy must not rest on its laurels after news that a new high-speed communications network is being expanded in…

SCC Welcome Signs of Clarity on Future Transport Investment

29th November 2011 from Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government are planning a long term investment to dual the A9 over the next 14 years, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Scottish Chambers of Commerce have long argued that there is a strong economic case for upgrading the…

Wick firm gets the innovation vote

25th November 2011 from John O Groat Journal

A WICK firm has cemented its place at the forefront of technology in the North by winning the Fusion Innovation Award. KP Technology founder Iain Baikie received the trophy from Councillor Ian Ross, Chairman of Highland Council’s planning, environmental and development committee, at the two-day Fusion annual conference held in…

Front runner in Dounreay race to cut £500m off bill

24th November 2011 from Press & Journal

The prospective new operator of Dounreay will trim at least £500million off the cost of completing the decommissioning of the site, the company claimed yesterday. The scale of the saving to the taxpayer was revealed as Babcock Dounreay Partnership (BDP) was installed as the preferred bidder to manage the £2billion-plus…

Babcock Dounreay Partnership announced as Preferred Dounreay PBO bidder

23rd November 2011 from Caithness Chamber of Commerce

The NDA has today named BABCOCK DOUNREAY PARTNERSHIP as the preferred bidder in the competition to become the new PBO for Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. Following a 10 day standstill period and three-month transition phase, BABCOCK DOUNREAY PARTNERSHIP will take ownership of DSRL through share transfer on 2 April 2012. …

Offshore windfarm to fuel hundreds of jobs

22nd November 2011 from Press & Journal

Hundreds of jobs could be created in the north and north-east if a major offshore windfarm is built in the Moray Firth. Up to 14,000 people could be involved in the construction of more than 200 turbines - which would stand around 14 miles off the coast of Caithness. The…

Tourist chief hails Groats revamp

16th November 2011 from Caithness Courier

The £6million redevelopment of John O’Groats is “an absolutely tremendous project” and one which should be “welcomed with open arms”. That was said by VisitScotland chairman Dr Mike Cantlay on a two-day visit to Caithness last week. During his time in the Far North he visited Groats, the Pulteney Distillery…

Arts champion urges investment to make Wick hub of thriving theatre industry

15th November 2011 from Press & Journal

A prominent arts figure is calling on public agencies to invest in education to make Wick the hub of a thriving theatre industry. George Gunn claims the three schools being built in the town can provide the ideal platform for a thriving drama scene. Amid a withering attack on public-sector…

Loyalty card scheme aims to boost town-centre spend

11th November 2011 from John O Groat Journal

Caithness shoppers are being encouraged to spend locally thanks to a new loyalty card scheme being launched this month. The “Spend it Here” initiative is being backed by the two newly appointed town-centre officers - Andrew O’Sullivan in Wick and Nicola Cameron in Thurso - who hope that the card…

Tourist boss visit ‘a real coup’

9th November 2011 from Caithness Courier

A local hotelier yesterday described a visit by a Scottish tourism boss as “a great opportunity for the area”. Andrew Mackay, who owns the Norseman in Wick and the Castletown Hotel, was delighed that Dr Mike Cantlay, the chairman of VisitScotland, is spending two days in the Far North. “This…

Warm welcome for John O’Groats Olympic torch decision

8th November 2011 from Press & Journal

The decision to include John O’Groats on next year’s Olympic torch tour has been warmly welcomed in the far north. Among the individuals and organisations which complained about the blanking of the area from the initial itinerary was the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership. Its chairman Sir Anthoney Cleaver…

Harbour links up with major energy firm

2nd November 2011 from Press & Journal

Trust gearing up to service new wave power traffic. A major marine energy developer is forging links with Scrabster Harbour Trust in what is the first formal sign of the port’s involvement in the fledgling industry. The trust is gearing up to service new traffic from both wave and tidal…

Airport traveller rise boost for economy

2nd November 2011 from Caithness Courier

Air passenger numbers on the direct flight between Wick and Edinburgh have risen by a fifth over the past year, it has been revealed. Loganair announced last week it is to continue its six-day service between the two destinations during the winter season as a result. The company made its…

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