£100k funding boost for local groups

30th May 2012 from Caithness Courier

More than £100,000 has been awarded to community projects in the Far North by the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund. In its second round of grants, the organisation has handed over £101,342 to six groups in Caithness and two in North Sutherland. They include a grant of £25,000 towards the…

Caithness playing its part in renewables

30th May 2012

Orkney is not the only place where renewable energy is taking off in Scotland, despite concern that is the case, says a local business leader. Caithness Chamber of Commerce chief executive Trudy Morris maintains that the Far North has also demonstrated that it has a huge part to play in…

Court clears way for firm to run ferries

30th May 2012 from Press and Journal

An international company has been given permission to run ferry services between the mainland and Orkney and Shetland. A bid to stop Serco from taking over the £234million Scottish Government contract was halted at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Judge Lord Malcolm said he could see no reason to…

‘Time is right for progress’

25th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

The Far North has the chance to capitalise on opportunities in the energy sector as they develop over the next 10 years. That is the positive message which was delivered this week by local representatives at the annual international All-Energy Exhibition and Conference in Aberdeen. Eann Sinclair, who is the…

£600k boost for Thurso bus depot

25th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Work is under way on a new £600,000 depot which is being built in Thurso for the Stagecoach bus company. The facility, being constructed on the existing depot grounds, will provide new offices, a public reception and a workshop with state-of-the-art equipment. Stagecoach in the Highlands managing director Steve Walker…

Caithness prepares for the Mod’s return

24th May 2012

Caithness is preparing to welcome Gaelic enthusiasts back to the county after hosting the Royal National Mod for the first time in October 2010. Arrangements are being finalised for Caithness and Sutherland Provincial Mod in Wick on June 2. The local branch of An Comunn Gaidhealach is in charge of…

Chefs in journey north for taste

24th May 2012

Two cordon bleu chefs from London have been in the far north with a view to putting produce from the area on the menus of their award-winning restaurants. Brothers Jeff and Chris Galvin run a number of restaurants - including two which are Michelin starred - in London. Regarded as…

Partnership looks to future: Right Time, Right Place, Right People

23rd May 2012

Efforts to secure future opportunities for the north economy continue to be the focus of the bodies working under the banner of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership. And as representatives from the north gathered in Aberdeen this week for the annual international All-Energy Exhibition and Conference optimism for…

Jobs boom with record oil and gas licence bids

23rd May 2012 from Press and Journal

Thousands of energy jobs are expected to be created by a record-breaking licensing round for North Sea oil and gas drilling. The UK Government received 224 applications for 418 offshore blocks following the multibillion-pound boost the industry was given in the Budget. The total is the biggest since offshore licensing…

Firms getting help to grow

17th May 2012 from Press and Journal

Scottish business organisations have joined forces for a new campaign to get the country’s economy moving again. Led by Scottish Enterprise (SE), agencies including Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Business Gateway and Skills Development Scotland will offer their support to companies planning expansion. SE said yesterday it was launching the…

European funding call from MSP

16th May 2012 from Caithness Courier

Far North SNP MSP Rob Gibson has urged the UK government to join with the Scottish government in a concerted effort to achieve European funding to help create jobs and opportunities in the Highlands and Islands. Mr Gibson’s call came following a parliamentary statement from cabinet secretary for infrastructure and…

New venture gets harbour welcome

4th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A new watersports and chandlery centre has opened at Wick harbour to capitalise on the increasing number of visitors to the local marina. The venture, which has been started by local man Hugh Mackay, is believed to be the most northerly facility of its kind on the UK mainland. MUT…

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