HIE cash adding extra value to north economy

26th April 2012 from Press and Journal

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said yesterday its investments during 2011-12 generated more than £100million for the region’s economy. Figures published by the economic-development agency showed it put more than £65million into Highland businesses, social enterprises and infrastructure projects, creating an additional £104million turnover at its investment targets. HIE said…

North wind power “jobs boom” hailed

26th April 2012 from Press and Journal

Politicians predicted a jobs boom in the north last night after ambitious plans were tabled to build up to 277 wind turbines in the North Sea. The major scheme, proposed for a site eight miles off the Caithness coast, is expected to help create hundreds of new energy industry posts…

Georgemas Junction undergoes transformation

25th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

Georgemas Junction has seen quite a transformation in the past few weeks as work on a new purpose-built railhead facility makes progress. The work, which got under way at the beginning of March and is expected to be finished by the summer, will create a facility with a 100-ton capacity…

Firth power plan to turn algae into biodiesel

13th April 2012 from John O Groat Journal

Power from the Pentland Firth could be used for a research and development project to look at ways of using algae to produce biodiesel. That was said yesterday by Bill Mowat, who is the chairman of Gills Harbour Ltd. He said the plan could involve North Highland College in Thurso…

Bold plan to invest in big north projects

12th April 2012 from Press and Journal

Highlands and Islands Enterprise said ambition for the region would remain at the heart of its agenda in the next three years. HIE chief executive Alex Paterson said investment in major infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy sector, would help it hit its target to safeguard thousands of jobs. There…

Country stars hit a high note

11th April 2012 from Caithness Courier

Country music fans from across the world descended on Halkirk at the weekend as a sellout crowd enjoyed the biggest music festival in the Far North. Over 2500 people danced the night away to some of the genre’s biggest names at the Northern Nashville Caithness Country Music Festival. Halkirk’s indoor…

Innovation Challenge Competition Unveiled

3rd April 2012

Caithness Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Babcock Dounreay Partnership, is pleased to announce the launch of The Innovation Challenge, an exciting competition designed to stimulate and develop entrepreneurial skills within Caithness and north Sutherland. A £10,000 investment will be awarded to new or existing…

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