HIE study will examine possible space role for Sutherland

29th January 2016

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned a study to determine whether an area of north Sutherland might in future make a suitable location to launch satellites into Earth orbit. A feasibility study is under way to examine the pros and cons of establishing a vertical launch facility for commercial…

£10,000 boost to showcase best of Caithness and Sutherland

21st January 2016

A marketing project which aims to promote, showcase and highlight Caithness and Sutherland using a series of short films has been given a £10,000 boost from the VisitScotland Growth Fund. The grant from the national tourism organisation has been awarded to Venture North for its ‘Venture North Discovery Series’ year-long…

Scottish Minister launches HITRANS rural airports project

4th January 2016 from Sutherland Business Index

HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, is spearheading a significant European-funded project to assist and develop rural and remote airports with use of new technologies. SPARA 2020, which stands for Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports, is a three-year €2.4 million Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme area…

Big gains for fishing industry

4th January 2016 from Sutherland Business Index

The fish quota package agreed in Brussels includes big gains for the Scottish industry worth around £25 million to the whitefish fleet, Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said today. Mr Lochhead said the overall package includes increased fish quota in 16 out of 23 key Scottish stocks, including cod and haddock.…

Army reserves attract new recruits in Caithness

4th January 2016 from John O'Groat Journal

The number of people joining the Army Reserve is on the rise in Caithness, it has emerged. The organisation has nine new local applicants who have signed up since it began efforts to reinstate a presence in the county. It has also revealed it has agreed a deal to once…

Air discount boost for Caithness passengers

4th January 2016 from John O'Groat Journal

Far North air travellers have been given a New Year boost with an increase in the value of the Scottish Government’s air discount scheme. From today, the discount on the core air fares for those who have registered goes up from 40 per cent to 50 per cent. The move…

Fire engine finds new home in the north

4th January 2016 from Caithness Business Index

Thanks to the NDAs online Asset Transfer Scheme, Dounreay has acquired a third fire engine. The scheme enables redundant equipment to be re-used and recycled across NDAs estate. Since the Sizewell site, in Suffolk, completed defueling, its fire team has been disbanded. So they were looking to re-home the sites…

Caithness men honoured in New Year Honours list

4th January 2016 from John O'Groat Journal

Two men from Caithness have been awarded the British Empire Medal after being named in the New Year’s Honours list. Sandy Gunn from Thurso, who established Caithness Amateur Athletics Club in the 1950’s, and is a member of the Caithness Family History Society, was honoured for services to heritage and…

Timber from the Flow Country - rail conference delegates hear of ambitious plans

4th January 2016

Ambitious plans to transport timber from the Flow Country in remote North Sutherland to Inverness via rail instead of road could pave the way for other projects in rural communities throughout the UK, delegates were told at a rail stakeholder conference organised by HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the…

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