Famous Signpost is on the move

28th August 2013

THE iconic sign at John O’Groats, which has been a feature at the landmark site for nearly 60 years, is being moved at the end of the week. Photographer Peter Dymond worked at the location for 13 years for Cornwall-based Courtwood Photographic Ltd. The company previously rented the land from…

Caithness ports in line for offshore windfall

27th August 2013

Offshore wind turbines can benefit Caithness ports, according to Willie Watt, chairman of Wick Harbour Authority. Speaking at a meeting of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, he said the work could benefit not only Wick, but Gills and Scrabster too. “At every opportunity we talk to companies about the benefits…

New jobs at Thurso firm thanks to lucrative deal

21st August 2013 from Caithness Courier

A Caithness engineering firm is to create four new jobs after securing work in the renewable and oil and gas industries. Calder Engineering, based at Ormlie Industrial Estate in Thurso, is “really busy” and plans to add to its workforce of 12 employees. The firm also hopes to further expand…

New publican toasts success of crowdfunding

16th August 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

A mixologist may try to shake up some more investment to expand his company after successfully generating £20,000 through crowdfunding. Simon Collier will now kit out MRC’s Newmarket Bar in Thurso, using the money raised with help from the Caithness community. He offered 12% equity in MRC Bartending through the…

Local firms reach tourism awards final

14th August 2013 from Caithness Courier

Caithness businesses have been picked from a record number of entries to be finalists in the annual regional tourism awards. The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) has announced this year’s finalists in 15 categories, each in the running to receive a 2013 HITA award at a ceremony and dinner…

Scrabster secures marine power first

14th August 2013 from Caithness Courier

The first maintenance contract secured by Scrabster harbour since its £20 million redevelopment was yesterday described as “a positive and promising move” for the Caithness port. Scrabster Trust manager Sandy Mackie was speaking after the harbour secured its first operations and maintenance contract for a tidal device. Scotrenewables Tidal Power…

Pop up shop fully booked out in run-up to Christmas

9th August 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

High streets throughout the Highlands could be saved by a pop up revolution with entrepreneurs leasing out shops on a short-term basis. The Thurso Pop Up Shop, the first of its kind in the Highlands, has reported its premises are fully booked 10 weeks in the run-up to Christmas Eve.…

NorSea forge ahead with Scrabster plans

9th August 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Scrabster’s bid to become a supply base to service the oil and gas industry have been given a boost by the appointment of a senior manager. Kim Christensen, who has become the NorSea Group’s first UK general manager, is to lead the firm’s future developments in Scotland and focus on…

Lowry’s Wick steps painting set to fetch over £500k in sale

9th August 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

An L.S. Lowry painting of Wick that has emerged from a private collection is expected to sell for over £500,000 in an upcoming auction. Bonhams will be selling the painting “Steps at Wick” in their next sale of modern British and Irish art on November 20 in London’s New Bond…

Whisky firm pouring millions into business to meet demand

7th August 2013 from Press and Journal

Inver House Distillers (IHD) said yesterday it had invested nearly £10 million in its business as international demand for whisky continues to soar. The company behind whiskies including Highland malts Old Pulteney and Balblair said it had brought in more stock and upgraded equipment across its sites to take advantage…

Prince Charles in the stick of it during visit to bakery

6th August 2013 from Press and Journal

The Prince of Wales tried his hand at making strawberry tarts during a visit to a family bakery yesterday. He donned a white coat and hats to tour Reid’s in Thurso, where workers watched him fill pastry cases with cream using a piping bag. Reid’s has been producing shortbread, biscuits…

Firth power link plans to go on show

2nd August 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Plans to build an overhead power line through Caithness to collect electricity from tidal generation sites along the north coast are to go on public display. Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission is seeking feedback on its plans for the connection which will serve two planned tidal generation sites in the Pentland…

Harbour chiefs target European cruise market

2nd August 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Harbour chiefs will head to Germany next month hoping to make big waves in achieving their aim of welcoming at least one cruise liner a week to Scrabster to boost tourism in Caithness. Representatives from Scrabster Harbour Trust are travelling to Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, an annual convention for the…

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