Salmond hails Thurso’s role in energy revolution

31st August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Thurso is moving from the periphery to the centre of the Scottish economy, according to First Minister Alex Salmond. The SNP leader, who was in the far north yesterday, said the area will play a huge part in providing not only Scotland’s energy needs but those of the entire planet.…

Chamber responds to Superfast Broadband consultation

30th August 2012

The Chamber has responded to the consultation on Next Generation Broadband. At its’ Board meeting held in Kongsberg Maritime premises in Wick members agreed the response to HIE’s consultation on superfast broadband which emphasised the need for a third Point of Presence in or around John O’Groats to service the…

North energy schemes could save UK billions

17th August 2012 from Press and Journal

Pioneering green energy technology being developed in the north and north-east could help cut £50billion from UK energy costs and inject another £20billion into the economy. A new report, published yesterday, outlined how Britain could become a world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as marine renewables.…

Community groups to cash in as coastal fund boosts its payouts

14th August 2012 from Press and Journal

Funding for community groups in the Highlands and islands will increase by almost a third next year, it has emerged. Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and a north MP, said the amount allocated to Highland projects from the Coastal Communities Fund would rise by £550,000 to £2.4million. The…

College building wins top award for design

10th August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A college facility which trains students for careers in the renewable energy sector has been named as the best building in the north Highlands. The Centre for Energy and Environment at North Highland College UHI in Thurso claimed the top prize for best new building in the north region of…

Hunt for sites to help marine power take off in far north

10th August 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Highland Council is seeking suggestions for sites in Caithness that have the potential to support the fledgling marine renewables industry. North Highland communities, landowners and businesses are being invited to make suggestions in an exercise which started on Wednesday and lasts until October 3. The council and Caithness and North…

Energy North targets bigger share of oil and gas market

8th August 2012 from Press and Journal

The trade body representing Highland energy firms has unveiled plans to gain a bigger share of the Aberdeen oil and gas market. Energy North plans to run trade missions to the Granite City to help its 150 members catch the attention of more potential clients. The organisation’s action plan for…

Tap into movie magic, tourism industry told

7th August 2012 from Press and Journal

A north business leader has urged the hospitality industry in the north to tap into the £140million economic boost expected to be generated by Highland-based Disney-Pixar film Brave. VisitScotland has launched a £7million global advertising campaign to coincide with the release of the animated film, which tells the story of…

Berry Good secures gold!

3rd August 2012

Double celebrations were in order for the team at Berry Good as the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste 2012 results were announced. Two products, Raspberry Gin and Straight Strawberry Vodka, were awarded two gold stars each. The Guild of Fine Food’s annual Great Taste Awards saw 8,807 food and…

North firms seeking to profit from academic partnerships

2nd August 2012 from Press and Journal

North businesses expect to increase turnover by a combined £1.5million thanks to university partnerships. Nearly 20 firms from throughout the Highlands and islands are working on projects with education institutions and have forecast improved sales and exports as a result. The partnerships have been set up by Interface, an organisation…

Energy park status is a beacon for business

1st August 2012 from Caithness Courier

The Pentland Firth’s new status as Scotland’s first marine energy park will be a beacon to the world in attracting new investment and creating jobs. Greg Barker said the far north and the Northern Isles will play a vital part in meeting the country’s energy needs, stating the Government is…

Cottage upgrade given royal seal of approval

1st August 2012 from Caithness Courier

Prince Charles was “absolutely delighted” with the £100,000 restoration of two former flagstone workers’ cottages in Castletown. The prince unveiled a plaque to officially open the cottages on Monday at the start of his annual holiday in Caithness. He previously paid a private visit to the unoccupied houses in 2009…

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