Firms to share £100,000 fund

25th September 2012 from Press and Journal

Tourism and food and drink companies in the north Highlands have been offered a slice of £100,000 to encourage collaboration and raise the region’s profile. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has launched the fund in an effort to stimulate closer co-ordination between the sectors. The organisation said it would back…

Plans afoot to develop centres of excellence

19th September 2012 from Caithness Courier

Two new centres of excellence are being planned in Caithness. That was what members of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group heard at their latest meeting in Thurso. Roy Kirk, Highlands and Islands Enterprise area manager for Caithness and Sutherland, said one of the centres would be based in the Scrabster area…

£8m “fibre spine” link to boost broadband speeds in north

19th September 2012 from Caithness Courier

A multi-million-pound investment in a “fibre spine” from BT is set to bring Thurso’s internet connection up to speed. The communications giant has revealed that a new £8 million fibre transmission link between Inverness and the Northern Isles will bring advantages to Thurso - with increased broadband speeds for both…

Marine energy park status to speed up development

14th September 2012 from Energy North

Development chiefs are confident that investment in wave and tidal energy projects off the north coast of Caithness will be speeded up now that the area has been officially designated as a marine energy park. Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker announced during the summer that the Pentland Firth…

Caithness could be set for offshore energy boom

12th September 2012

Caithness may currently be lagging Orkney’s booming offshore renewables business but things may soon change, according to the county’s regeneration chief. The prediction comes from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership’s programme manager Eann Sinclair as Marine Scotland kicks off a month of meetings around Scotland to engage communities in…

Thurso research duo fly marine energy flag in Canada

5th September 2012 from Caithness Courier

Developments in the Pentland Firth will be used to promote the latest green energy technology at an event in Canada. Two members of the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso will be heading to Nova Scotia on Saturday to highlight Scottish renewables capabilities to the Canadian Government. The mission is being…

Salmond foresees good prospects for students

5th September 2012 from Caithness Courier

The renewable industry will be a realistic prospect for future employment for graduates of North Highland College UHI, Alex Salmond has pledged. The First Minister said that Thurso is at the centre of a re-industrialisation of Scotland and that the country will be dependent on the quality of graduates to…

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