Thurso surf again rises to the occasion

30th October 2013

A plan to make Thurso the water sports capital of Britain has been given a boost by the “world class” conditions at this weekend’s UK Pro Surfing Championships. The event at Thurso East attracted competitors from all over the country to Caithness. All were delighted with the quality of the…

Fruity spirit goes down well with awards judges

30th October 2013 from Caithness Courier

The drinks were on Jill Brown as a toast was raised in her honour when her business was named as one of the best in the north of Scotland. Berry Good picked up the Best Drink Award at the 2013 Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards to add another…

Rolls-Royce delivers major pledge on jobs

30th October 2013

The far north economy has been given a huge shot in the arm with confirmation that the operators of the Vulcan nuclear submarine site are lining up work to keep its workforce of 300 employed until 2030. That was the message delivered by local MP John Thurso after he visited…

All systems go for Dunnet distillery

25th October 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Gin could be produced in Caithness next year after a local couple were given the go-ahead to open a micro distillery in Dunnet. Martin Murray was “thrilled” Highland Councillors backed the plan despite claims the venture would lead to the industrialisation of the village and cause unpleasant odours. It was…

Boost for heat scheme

24th October 2013 from Press and Journal

A district heating scheme in the far north is being extended to help tackle fuel poverty and lower carbon emissions. The Scottish Government has awarded the project at Pulteneytown, Wick, £400,000 to expand and upgrade an existing 3.5MW biomass steam district heating scheme. A total of 196 domestic customers, a…

Walk is one step closer to reality

23rd October 2013 from Caithness Courier

Plans to establish a walking route across the far north coast are being promoted by a tourism group from across the Pentland Firth. The North Highland Way, a propose 114-mile route between John O’Groats and Cape Wrath, is set to be marketed in the Orkney Tourism Guide. Let’s Go North…

Far north has 2020 vision

23rd October 2013 from Caithness Courier

Caithness is putting together a bid to host the biggest celebration of Scots Gaelic art, culture and music in seven years’ time. The Caithness branch of An Comunn Gaidhealach has confirmed it is in early talks over its interest in bringing the Royal National Mod to Thurso and Wick in…

Fort William to go to the movies

21st October 2013 from Press and Journal

The silver screen could be returning to Fort William after a seven-year absence - thanks to a pioneering digital media development in Thurso. The Thurso Cinema and the Outdoor Capital of the UK (OCUK) marketing group announced that they will collaborate to develop a contemporary digital cinema and cultural hubs…

Marine tie-up to deliver Pentland Firth devices

18th October 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Two companies have announced a new partnership which will involved the development and design of tidal turbines to be placed in the Pentland Firth. Marine renewables company Atlantis Resources has gone into global partnership with American-based Lockheed Martin and will jointly deliver the marine devices for MeyGen which plans to…

Banks double cash pot for tourism firms

17th October 2013 from Press and Journal

The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have announced plans to make another £150 million available to help tourism businesses in Scotland expand. The banks are doubling their Leisure Fund to £300 million after the first £150 million was snapped up within six months. The fund was launched earlier this…

Doctors sign up to north

8th October 2013 from Press and Journal

A far north hospital is solving its problem with recruiting consultants by appointing doctors from other parts of Europe. In July, a Spanish consultant was hired as a locum consultant for a year at Caithness General Hospital. And another vacancy has now been filled on a permanent basis by a…

Export plans to boost food firms

7th October 2013 from Press and Journal

Around 1,000 UK food and drink firms will be helped to follow the example of leading north and north-east food firms under an exports action plan launched by the UK Government last night. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it would deliver a £500 million boost to the economy. But the…

Wick wholesaler is crowned top business

4th October 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

A Caithness wholesale company which has been in operation for over 120 years has been named as the top business in the north Highlands. Sutherland Brothers in Wick was crowned the Caithness and Sutherland Business of the Year at the inaugural Highland Business Awards. The company, which was first established…

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