Caithness to get first bite at food festival?

27th November 2013 from Caithness Courier

Caithness could become the sustainable food capital of the UK if it can get the support to successfully launch the first food festival of its kind. Captain’s Galley head chef Jim Cowie has already received widespread backing from the fishing industry to launch the first sustainable food festival which is…

Funding boost will connect 200 more homes to heating scheme

20th November 2013 from Caithness Courier

A further 200 households in Wick are set to join the town’s district heating scheme after a £400,000 loan was committed by the Scottish government. Ignis Wick Ltd received the biggest loan of the seven applicants for the £1.5 million pot of funding available from the District Heating Loan Fund.…

Young business brains put skills to the test

15th November 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

Pupils from Wick and Farr High schools got their first taste of the world of business earlier this week. They were taking part in Young Enterprise Moray and Highland’s version of TV’s Dragon’s Den, pitching their idea for products to a panel of local business people in the hope of…

Far north council workers recognised in communities

13th November 2013 from Caithness Courier

Caithness council employees are among the best in the Highlands according to the authority’s annual community awards. Highland Council’s annual Quality Awards saw four far north groups win their individual categories during a ceremony in Inverness. Community councils nominated organisations throughout the Highland Council area for the difference they have…

New Community Benefit Fund now Open for Business

12th November 2013

Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has been set-up to disburse funds from the newly commissioned Baillie Wind Farm which is contributing £100,000 per annum for the 25 year life of the wind farm for the benefit of West Caithness. The Fund, whose directors are all from West Caithness, is…

Enterprising students rise to challenge

6th November 2013 from Caithness Courier

Business and computing students at North Highland College UHI rubbed shoulders with Alex Epstein, an ex-contestant of BBC’s The Apprentice, when he dropped in to the college’s Thurso campus last week. He captured the imagination of both students and staff by telling them about his time on the hit show…

Video link ends long treks for passports

6th November 2013 from Caithness Courier

Passport interviews have returned to Wick two years after the old office closed down and left people to travel hundreds of miles to get their documents sorted. People are now able to undertake a video-link interview with the main passport office in Glasgow from Highland Council’s temporary service point in…

Chris wins national award for work with computing science

1st November 2013 from John O'Groat Journal

A Caithness teacher has picked up the Digital Heroes Award (DHA) for Scotland, taking £5000 back to his school. At a ceremony in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Wick High’s Chris Aitken was honoured for his role in promoting the Apps for Good initiative in the school. The TalkTalk-sponsored…

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