Bakery up for two awards

27th September 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

The profile of a Thurso bakery firm continues to grow following its nominations for two prestigious national awards. Reids of Caithness has been shortlisted for both the Caithness and Sutherland Business of the Year and for the small and medium enterprise of the year in Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards. The…

Wind powered ‘dividend vouchers’ to pump prime Caithness economy

24th September 2013

A survey of Caithness businesses has shown support for a voucher scheme proposed by renewables developer Eurowind that could inject over £80k of wind powered benefit into the local economy every year for 25 years. Eurowind has been working closely with Caithness Chamber of Commerce and sought the opinions of…

Plans shape up to transform Thurso into sports hub

18th September 2013 from Caithness Courier

Sports club members are to discuss the best way forward to improve leisure activities and facilities to help turn Thurso into a sports hub. High Life Highland will unveil what the main priorities are to help transform the town into one of four community sports hubs across the Highlands in…

Wester site undergoes £5.5m revamp

18th September 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Millions of pounds are set to be ploughed into refurbishing Subsea 7’s oil pipeline fabrication base in Caithness. The company is to invest more than £5.5 million in updating its site at Wester where it makes massive subsea pipeline bundles which connect offshore installations. The refurbishment is being carried out…

Firth tidal turbine project is given the green light

18th September 2013

A Caithness business leader yesterday hailed the go-ahead for the first commercial marine energy project in the Pentland Firth as “a significant milestone”. Trudy Morris, chief executive officer for Caithness Chamber of Commerce, was speaking after the Scottish Government granted permission to MeyGen Ltd to install marine turbines in the…

Caithness Business Fund launched

17th September 2013

A new Fund has been launched to assist small businesses with their business growth and development and promote the economic growth of Caithness and North Sutherland. Caithness Business Fund was created after discussions between Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Baillie Wind Farm Ltd who had a vision to see a…

North can cash in on tidal power

17th September 2013 from Press and Journal

The north is set to cash in on the largest tidal power project in Europe, it was claimed last night. Local MSPs welcomed yesterday’s announcement that work is to start on a demonstration project of up to six turbines in the Pentland Firth. When fully operational, the 86-megawatt scheme in…

Go-ahead for biggest tidal power scheme in Europe

16th September 2013

Work is about to begin on the biggest tidal power project in Europe - in the Pentland Firth - after Scottish ministers awarded consent for the first phase yesterday. Developer MeyGen can now press ahead with its proposals to build a demonstration project of up to six turbines in the…

Hopes that Caithness ale can brew up tourism

11th September 2013 from Caithness Courier

Cask-cades of visitors could be pint-ed in the direction of Caithness as a beer named after the county is set to be marketed across the UK. After the success of selling its range of beers to hotels and pubs in the far north, Loch Ness Brewery has celebrated by launching…

Team’s award helps Wick shine

11th September 2013 from Caithness Courier

Wick’s flower baskets group has been given an award at a Scottish event for its efforts in improving the local community. At an awards ceremony in Aberdeen last Friday, Lord Purvis, ambassador for Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), announced the charity had won a silver gilt medal certificate in the small…

Caithness energy firm relaunches on and offshore services

6th September 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Expanding Thurso-based renewable energy consultancy, Caithness Renewables Ltd, will be exhibiting at a marine energy conference in Inverness this month to publicise the launch of its newly rebranded services for developers and their supply chain. The Scottish Renewables Marine Conference brings together leading marine energy figures, investors and academics. Caithness…

Wick company scoops second royal honour

6th September 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Retired US astronaut Duane “Digger” Carey was a celebrity guest at a ceremony in John O’Groats at which a hi-tech far north firm was presented with the Queens Award for International Trade. KP Technology has become the first north company to win two of the awards, having received a Queen’s…

Big screen guru aims for capital success

6th September 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

The enterprising businessman behind the success of Thurso Cinema has been approached by a London-based firm to help expand its chain of venues. Impressed by the Caithness venture, Curzon Cinemas has signed up Rob Arthur to spearhead its development in Edinburgh and the West Country of England. As part of…

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