Major upgrades to most northerly seaport

28th June 2012 from Press and Journal

Ambitious plans for a major upgrade and expansion at the British mainland’s most northerly seaport are on the cards. Those involve a 200ft-plus lengthening of the main breakwater / berth at Gills harbour, on the Pentland Firth coast, primarily using recycled materials, dredging to provide a turing circle in quiet…

North economy is changing, says new report

27th June 2012

The economy of the north of Scotland is changing, according to a new report published today. Local agencies and business leaders have welcomed the findings of the study which show the percentage of jobs dependent upon Dounreay has decreased from 15% to 10% since 2006, and the number of new…

North can be energy job hub

27th June 2012 from Press and Journal

The Highlands and islands could become a new hub for energy jobs and projects if firms in the area seize opportunities at home and abroad, according to an industry leader. Sidney Johnston, a board member at trade organisation Energy North, said oil and gas and renewables businesses in the region…

Three year strategy sets clear path for skills in Scotland

26th June 2012

Scotland’s national skills body, Skills Development Scotland, has set out a plan to power the circuit between job seekers and employers in its three year corporate strategy published today. SDS chair John McClelland said: “The current economic climate presents challenges but opportunities are emerging in many key sectors including engineering,…

Inspiring future engineers

26th June 2012 from Press and Journal

Pupils from across Caithness and Sutherland have visited the Dounreay atomic-energy site as part of a project to encourage young people into engineering. Around 350 children from local schools visited the plant and the Caithness Horizons visitor centre at Thurso to learn more about the opportunities the industry offers in…

Rolls-Royce investment ‘good news’ for county

22nd June 2012 from John O Groat Journal

The Caithness workforce at Vulcan could benefit from £1.1 billon investment being made by the UK Government in Rolls-Royce marine facilities in Derby. That was said this week by local MP John Thurso who described the Ministry of Defence announcement as “good-news” for the county. He said “The Vulcan workforce…

Scotland woos the world by capitalising on Disney film

19th June 2012 from Press and Journal

Scotland’s tourism agency has launched a £7million worldwide campaign to try to capitalise on Disney’s new animated film Brave. VisitScotland has produced a 30-second TV and cinema advert which promises to be seen by about 80million people to coincide with the premier in Los Angles yesterday. Voiced by archaeologist Neil…

Thousands turn out to cheer jubilee flotilla

18th June 2012 from Press and Journal

A queen, a cannon and jubilee flotilla all played a part as the Wick HarbourFest did its best to rival the official London celebrations for the Queen’s diamond jubilee at the weekend. The ceremony to mark 60 years of the monarch’s reign was combined with the town’s annual HarbourFest and…

MSPs’ tour of green projects

12th June 2012

A group of MSPs investigating the merits of Scotland’s renewable energy targets paid a visit to Orkney yesterday. Members of Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee visited Hatston Pier to view a tidal power development, took a sightseeing flight to see key onshore and offshore renewable sites and visited the…

Glass artists are inspired by Lybster

6th June 2012 from Caithness Courier

Caithness Horizons in Thurso was the venue for presentations by the most recent cohort of artists to underatake a residency at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster. For spring 2012, the residency invited artists to look at kiln forming and kiln casting.  Megan Biddle and Carrie Inverson, from the United…

Chamber seeks aspiring Young Entrepreneurs

1st June 2012

Now in its third year, Caithness Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the George Bruce Young Entrepreneur Award 2012. Trudy Morris, chief executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious young business person to…

New chairman for Caithness Chamber of Commerce

1st June 2012

Stephen Sutherland, JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd, has been appointed as the Chair of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce. The appointment was made after Neil Robertson indicated that he would be standing down from the Chair.  Stephen’s appointment was unanimously agreed at the Board meeting held on Tuesday 29th…

Spend it Here loyalty scheme heralded a success

1st June 2012

Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Spend it Here’ loyalty card pilot has been heralded as a great success by participating retailers and customers. The “Spend it Here” loyalty scheme, which was developed as part of the Duo Town Centre strategy and funded through the Highland LEADER programme and the Nuclear Decommissioning…

Gaels descend on county for annual provincial mod

1st June 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A cultural celebration hits Caithness this weekend as the Gaelic community from around Scotland takes part in the Caithness and Sutherland Provincial Mod. Organisers are hoping the annual musical and literary meeting in Wick tomorrow will continue the legacy created when the county hosted the Royal National Mod in October…

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