Forum pushes for early improvements to Berriedale

21st December 2012

The Caithness Chamber of Commerce, under the auspices of the Caithness Transport Forum, has written to John Swinney to emphasise the importance of re-aligning the Berriedale Braes to support business moving forward for the emerging renewables industry. The Chamber stepped in to take over the running of the Caithness Transport…

Caithness art heads for Tokyo

17th December 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A Caithness crafter’s work is travelling to Japan after a pair of Tokyo designers noticed her designs on the Internet. After months of e-mail negotiations local weaver and texture artist Joanne Kaar was delighted to tell the John O’Groat Journal this week that a design shop in the Japanese capital…

Communities across Scotland receive boost from coastal fund

13th December 2012

The first nineteen Scottish projects to get a share of a multi-million pound fund to regenerate coastal communities have been announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Danny Alexander today. Charities, small businesses and apprentice schemes from around Scotland will receive grants between £50,000 and £375,000 from…

NDA announcement on National Nuclear Archive

12th December 2012

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) today announced a decision to proceed with the next phase of the National Nuclear Archive project. The project will see a new purpose built archive facility constructed at Wick to provide long-term storage of records and other archive material from civil nuclear sites in the…

Nature “no barrier” to the marine industry, says SNH

7th December 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A nature conservation chief is happy the rich diversity of marine life in the Pentland Firth can coexist with the arrays of turbines earmarked to operate on its seabed. Andrew Thin does not want to pre-judge a cluster of surveys being carried out to gauge possible impacts the devices could…

Cameras are set to roll on far north movie

7th December 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Caithness is set to get the Hollywood treatment this weekend when filming takes place for the second film to be produced by a Highland-based movie company. Big Box Network will be shooting over three days for its latest production The Match, a football comedy about a team from Edinburgh coming…

HIE eyes ‘ambitious’ marine energy target

5th December 2012 from Caithness Courier

The next 12 months will be crucial in helping to promote Caithness as a viable location to help grow the renewable energy sector. That was the message from Audrey MacIver, head of energy – supply chain and developer engagement at Highland and Islands Enterprise, who said the marketing of the…

Retail training inspires local businesses

5th December 2012

The Caithness Chamber of Commerce Town Centre Development project draws to an end this month. The final event of the year – a retail training course inspired by Mary Portas – capped off what has been a successful year for the Wick and Thurso town centre project. The training, delivered…

Scrabster gateway to the Atlantic Frontier

3rd December 2012 from Press and Journal

Scrabster Harbour Trust has announced delivery of the first phase of its wide-ranging harbour redevelopment programme aimed at providing logistical support for the oil and gas developments on the Atlantic Frontier, and the marine renewable opportunities in the Pentland Firth. The strategic vision, announced in 2007, is aimed at redeveloping…

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