Renewables company set to create 30 jobs

31st October 2012 from Caithness Courier

Thirty jobs are set to be created in Caithness by a supply chain company which claims the area has one of the most important roles to play in the future of the Scottish economy. The Renewables Directory Limited (RDL) is in the final stages of agreeing a deal with Highlands…

Nuclear industry pension office sold to Aon Hewitt

30th October 2012

Consultancy firm Aon Hewitt has acquired the nuclear industry pension office at Forss, Caithness for an undisclosed amount. The office employs 33 people providing administration services to pension schemes with around 80,000 members, many current and former workers in the UK nuclear industry. Babcock International inherited the operation in 2009…

Wick jobs hope as wind farms await go-ahead

26th October 2012

Up to 100 jobs could be created at Wick Harbour if two large-scale windfarms off the Caithness coast are given the green light. Wick Harbour Authority (WHA) vice-chairman Gordon Doull made the claim to the John O’Groat Journal yesterday as the port prepares to battle for business as a maintenance…

Surf’s up for Thurso contest

25th October 2012 from Press and Journal

More than 3,000 people are expected to start to descend on Caithness from today to underline Thurso’s status as one of the world’s top surfing destinations. The Thurso Surfing Championships and Wave North Festival is part of the UK Pro Surf Tour. Wave North is being staged to coincide with…

Aon Hewitt buys Babcock’s pensions administration business in Caithness

24th October 2012

Aon Hewitt buys Babcock’s pensions administration business in Caithness Aon Hewitt has bought Babcock International Group’s Pensions Administration Office in Caithness, Scotland. The move comes after Aon Hewitt partnered with the PAO in December 2010 in order to finance an expansion of the business via its Thurso office. Aon Hewitt…

LA band to headline new music festival

24th October 2012 from Caithness Courier

Thurso is to get its very own music festival later this year with some top acts heading to the town. The Bull River Mini-Fest, to be held in The Newmarket in Thurso on Saturday November 10, aims to be a celebration of live music and build upon a successful year…

Research hub is set to be unveiled at peatland seminar

24th October 2012 from Caithness Courier

A three-day conference on the internationally important Caithness and Sutherland peatlands is taking place this week. The event, which got underway yesterday (Tuesday) involves researchers, students and representatives from universities, institutions and organisations from across the country. They are meeting in Thurso to discuss a number of topics, including the…

Narec testing first for Atlantis device

16th October 2012 from Press and Journal

A tidal power device being tried out in Scottish waters has been the first to complete a testing programme at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec). Atlantis Resources’ AR 1000 underwent trials at Narec’s three-megawatt (MW) capacity onshore testing Nautilus facility in Northumberland, which helps firms to try out their…

Minister commits to marine energy spin-offs

12th October 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

UK Climate Change Minister Ed Davey has underlined the key role the coalition government foresees the Pentland Firth having in meeting the country’s future energy needs. Speaking in Wick on Wednesday, Mr Davey said it is vital the potential for marine and tidal energy development is realised in the far…

£4.5bn decom work in pipeline

11th October 2012 from Press and Journal

More than £4.5billion is to be spent on removing North Sea platforms and pipelines in the next five years, it was predicted yesterday. Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said firms were looking to remover some 40 platforms, serving about 80 fields with 177 pieces of pipeline, between now and 2017.…

Far north is “not affected” by Rolls Royce energy sale

10th October 2012 from Caithness Courier

Rolls Royce’s sale of its renewable company will have little if any impact on the development of marine and tidal energy in the Pentland Firth, according to those spearheading efforts to diversify the far north economy. They have downplayed the significance of the sale of Tidal Generation Limited (TGL) to…

New director to lead HIE’s broadband delivery

10th October 2012 from Caithness Courier

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is stepping up its efforts to ensure businesses and communities across the area are able to harness the benefits of digital communications, including next generation broadband. Stuart Robertson, currently the development agency’s head of digital and broadband, as well as its area manager for Shetland, is…

Jobs boom as investors view bright future for oil and gas

4th October 2012 from Press and Journal

Global investors are targeting the North Sea oil industry and creating a new jobs boom. Soaring interest in the sector is a massive turnaround from the dark days when Chancellor George Osborne was blamed for almost killing off investment in one fell swoop. Leading energy firms were told yesterday that…

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 announced

1st October 2012

Lynsey MacGregor of Lark & Lily Designs was recently announced as the winner of Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s George Bruce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012. Lynsey’s award was presented by The Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at the Chamber’s…

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