Support grows for new cocktail bar

31st July 2013 from Caithness Courier

Extra time has been granted for a mixologist to shake up some more investment in a new cocktail bar for Thurso. Simon Colliers is confident of hitting his £20,000 crowdfunding ambition to help kit out MRC’s Newmarket Bar in Traill Street before the deadline on August 9. Online fundraising platform…

Mixologist looks to shake up support for new bar venture

26th July 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

A mixologist is confident the Caithness community will help him reach a fundraising target to establish a new business set to create 10 jobs for Thurso. Simon Collier is hosting a karaoke party at MRC’s Newmarket Bar, in Traill Street, tonight as part of a final push towards his £20,000…

£20m nuclear archive to open in 2016

26th July 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

The national nuclear archive, which is to be built in Wick at a cost of between £15 million and £20m, is to open in 2016. That was said yesterday by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) which is behind the project. The announcement was warmly welcomed by local MP John Thurso…

Thurso cinema is a blockbuster hit

24th July 2013 from Caithness Courier

“If you build it, they will come.” Unlike Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, Rob Arthur wasn’t inspired by ghosts in a cornfield to take over the former All St@r Factory. But since the Thurso Cinema reopened 12 months ago, over 65,000 customers have made it one of the blockbuster…

Food company is bought over

19th July 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

The company behind the Mey Selections brand has consolidated its recovery from a rocky period after being acquired by the new trading arm of North Highland Initiative (NHI). North Highland Products Ltd (NHP), which sources beef, lamb and other produce from throughout the north, was among the ventures spawned by…

Caithness museum sculpture show boost

18th July 2013 from Press and Journal

A Thurso museum has landed a windfall that will help staff stage an exhibition of ancient sculpture. Caithness Horizons is to get £22,654 to develop the exhibition, which will tell the story of early mediaeval Caithness. It will be the centrepiece of the museum’s Year of Ancient Ancestors Festival -…

Mystery surrounds venue for arts centre

17th July 2013 from Caithness Courier

A prominent building in Wick is being earmarked to serve as a visual arts centre and contribute towards the regeneration of the former royal burgh. North Highland Connections (NHC) is looking to have the centre up and running before the end of the decade, but is remaining tight-lipped about the…

‘Wind boom’ for far north

16th July 2013 from Press and Journal

Property firm Bidwells is predicting a “significant boom” in revenue from onshore windfarms in the far north as existing projects move through the pipeline and new land opens up for development. Clive Meikle, Inverness-based partner at Bidwells, said he expected to see a big rise in both revenue and jobs…

Study questions green energy estimates for Pentland Firth

12th July 2013

The waters in the Pentland Firth may only produce a tenth of the electricity previously estimated - but will still create hundreds of jobs and give a boost to the local economy. That was the upbeat assessment made yesterday by Eann Sinclair, the programme manager for the Caithness and North…

Far north firm lands Borders port contract

12th July 2013

A Thurso-based renewable energy consultancy this week clinched a contract to help diversify a Borders harbour. Caithness Renewables Ltd is to develop a marketing plan for Eyemouth Harbour Trust (EHT) to identify fresh business for the port in sectors both within and outside its traditional remit, in particular the tourism…

Scrabster firm finds the world is its oyster

12th July 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Quality seafood landed at Scrabster harbour is being served on the plates of the Hollywood rich and famous because of a local firm’s export drive. Crabs, lobster, mussels and oysters caught by fishermen at the north coast port are being served up at restaurants in Beverly Hills as well as…

Caithness bid to create national walking trail

5th July 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Turning a walk along the far north coast into a national trail could prove to be a major boost to the Caithness and north Sutherland economy. Campaigners have launched a petition for the North Highland Way to become an official part of the Scottish coastal rotue. The 114-mile route between…

Royal opening for college equestrian centre

4th July 2013 from Press and Journal

The Princess Royal was able to indulge her love of horses yesterday when she officially opened North Highland College UHI’s new equestrian centre in Caithness. Princess Anne, who is Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, met past and present students in the new teaching facilities in the…

Relief as home working trial will see tax jobs saved

3rd July 2013 from Caithness Courier

Employees at Wick’s tax office are celebrating after it was announced all 15 jobs look set to be saved as part of a new pilot scheme which will enable them to work from home. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has indicated it will be looking to save the jobs of…

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