£146 million investment in fibre broadband heralds a new age of communications

26th March 2013 from HIE

A £146 million investment project to deliver high speed fibre broadband across the Highlands and Islands is being announced today (26 March). The project, led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and delivered by BT, is being hailed as the UK’s most complex and challenging broadband project ever. It means…

HIAL introduces free wi-fi across network

25th March 2013

Regional airport group HIAL has become the first in Scotland to provide free Wi-Fi for passengers. The publicly owned company, which operates a network of 11 airports across Scotland, including Wick John O’Groats, Stornoway, Inverness and Dundee, began rolling out the new service last month, with the majority of airports…

Jobs boost from grid upgrade contract

22nd March 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

The number of staff employed by Scottish and Southern Energy in Wick is likely to double in the next couple of years. It follows the award of a £200 million contract to deliver new electricity sub-stations in the far north. The work, which will also cover Sutherland, is part of…

Energy boom could create up to 300 jobs

15th March 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Developers are queuing up to discover what Wick has to offer as a renewable energy support base, according to the chairman of the local harbour authority. Willie Watt says the port’s key advantages have been highlighted in a series of high-level meetings with leading energy companies. And, pointing to the…

Airport looks to build on chopper oil traffic boost

13th March 2013

Chevron UK could use Wick Airport as a base for some of its helicopter flights for a year or more. That is the hope of Andy Bruce who runs Far North Aviation and has been instrumental in attracting the helicopters to Wick John O’Groats Airport. He said yesterday the Chevron…

Harper Macleod heralds a bright future for Caithness

12th March 2013

Harper Macleod, one of Scotland’s leading law firms, marked its move into Caithness with a special celebration at The Captain’s Galley in Scrabster last week. The firm, Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially opened its new Thurso office, which is based at .(JavaScript must be enabled to…

Skills and training vital to provide springboard for Scotland’s growing tourism sector

5th March 2013

A new plan to help attract more people to work in Scotland’s tourism sector and develop further skills has been launched today by Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing. With 2014, when Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup fast approaching, getting new people into the sector and developing…

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