Weekly update, 23rd January 2017

27th Jan, 2017

Energy & business services: • The Scottish Government has published its draft Energy Strategy – “The Future of Energy in Scotland” – which sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland for the period to 2050. The strategy is now out for consultation until 30th May, and you can view […]

CNSRP Advisory Board – June 2016 summary

01st Jul, 2016

The CNSRP Advisory Board met on 21st June to discuss progress with the Partnership Programme, including the welcome news on Wick harbour being confirmed as the operation and maintenance base for the major Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development, and the encouraging progress with the NDA Archive project which is on course to receive its first archive […]

CNSRP Advisory Board – December 2015 summary

08th Dec, 2015

Summary of Meeting – jobs and infrastructure progressing Companies in the north continue to invest in business growth, and key infrastructure investments continue to make progress. That was the view from members of the Advisory Board to the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) when they met last week. Members heard from Scottish Hydro […]

CNSRP Advisory Board – Sept 2015 press summary

28th Sep, 2015

Focus on the Future at Partnership meeting Members of the Advisory Board of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) met recently to discuss progress with the CNSRP Programme. The meeting, chaired for the first time by Cllr Alasdair Rhind, Depute Leader of the Highland Council, heard that at the halfway point of the […]

CNSRP Advisory Board – June 2015 press summary

24th Jun, 2015

Jobs and skills progress gives heart for area’s future New jobs and investment in young people were among the key highlights from the recent meeting of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP). CNSRP Programme Manager Eann Sinclair reported that since the Partnership’s 2014-17 Programme had started some 30 companies had committed to creating […]

CNSRP Advisory & Executive Boards – joint statement, June 2014

02nd Jul, 2014

CNSRP Partners welcome skills investments Confidence in the area’s economic future is underpinned by investment in its future workforce – that was the message from members of CNSRP’s Advisory Board in their recent annual joint session with members of the CNSRP Executive Board. Members had heard during their meeting about the range of work going […]

CNSRP Partners get behind “superfast” broadband rollout

06th Jan, 2014

At its recent meeting the Advisory Board of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership discussed progress with the rollout of Next Generation (“superfast”) Broadband to Caithness & North Sutherland. Following recent discussions with Highlands and Islands Enterprise about timescales for the programme, members broadly welcomed the news that BT has started on work that […]

Partnership welcomes Meygen Ltd announcement

16th Sep, 2013

Speaking today (Monday 16th September) at a meeting of the Executive Board of Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chairman of the Partnership, has given a warm welcome for the announcement by Scottish Government that Meygen Limited has been given consent to build what will be Europe’s largest tidal stream development. […]

CNSRP statement on GMB press release

15th Aug, 2013

Eann Sinclair, CNSRP Programme Manager said “The partners in CNSRP are puzzled and disappointed by the statements made by GMB. The Thurso & Wick Trades Council represents all of the trades unions at work in the north, and is kept fully involved in the work of the Partnership. We believe that real progress has been […]

John O’Groat Journal contribution, 19th July 2013

18th Jul, 2013

In 2005/06 the UKAEA and Highlands and Islands Enterprise jointly commissioned a report into the economic impact of Dounreay on the area’s economy. The report highlighted the extent to which dependence on Dounreay-related work continued to be important to the area’s economy. It also recommended that as decommissioning progressed a more concerted and coordinated effort […]

CNSRP Partners work to support Wick plans

03rd Jul, 2013

Wick Harbour Authority’s ambitious plans to attract new jobs to the area from the offshore wind industry have received a boost with the combined support of £450,000 from two partners in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP).   The Harbour Authority is positioning the port to attract business from the two large offshore […]

Hi-tech firm wins second Queen’s Award

29th Apr, 2013

A CAITHNESS company has become the first manufacturing business in the north to win two Queen’s Awards. The success of KP Technology Ltd of Wick was described as “an exceptional achievement” by the Lord Lieutenant of Caithness, Anne Dunnett. To read the full article please go to http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Hi-tech-firm-wins-second-Queens-Award-24042013.htm

CNSRP welcomes new investment at Scrabster

24th Apr, 2013

Scrabster Harbour Trust has this week signed an agreement with the NorSea Group that it is hoped will lead to “major investment and new job prospects for the local economy.” Welcoming the news CNSRP Chairman Sir Anthony Cleaver said: “This major announcement gives a fantastic boost to our area’s prospects in the energy sector, and […]

NorSea Group invests in its first supply base in Scotland

24th Apr, 2013

  (Stavanger/Scrabster 24 April 2013) NorSea Group and the Scrabster Harbour Trust in Caithness have just signed an agreement which will result in major investment and new job prospects for the local economy. Under the agreement NorSea Group will work with the Trust to bring in new business and develop Scotland’s most northerly mainland port […]

Thurso firm joins forces with turbine manufacturer

24th Apr, 2013

Thurso-based energy consultancy Caithness Renewables has announced a new partnership with a leading small wind turbine manufacturer, Evance Wind Turbines. Evance, which has over 1,600 installations around the world, helps farmers, home owners, businesses and schools to become green energy producers. Following the opening of Caithness Renewables’ newly refurbished office in 2012, it has have […]

Venture North

11th Apr, 2013

Commenting on the progress being made by a group of tourism businesses in Caithness and North Sutherland, CNSRP Programme Manager Eann Sinclair said: Much effort has gone into developing HIE’s “Ambitious for Tourism – Caithness & North Sutherland” programme, which was part of the wider partnership effort to diversify the area economy away from dependence […]

Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd

21st Mar, 2013

Commenting on the news this week that the application from Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL) had been passed without objection by Councillors on the North Planning Applications Committee of the Highland Council, CNSRP’s independent Chairman Sir Anthony Cleaver said “The development of offshore renewables sites in the Moray Firth is a significant source of potential […]

CNSRP Executive and Advisory Board meetings

24th Dec, 2012

Press release – Partnership focus on skills for north workforces 24th December 2012 2013 will see increasing focus on developing the skills required to keep the north’s economy moving. That was the message from the recent meetings of the Advisory Board and Executive Board of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership. 2012 has been […]

Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters Leadership Forum: Information Day, 28th November

29th Nov, 2012

The Chairman of the north’s Regeneration Partnership has welcomed the interest shown this week by local people in the developments planned for the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters. Sir Anthony Cleaver, independent Chairman of the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, said “I’m delighted to hear that the first of the two Information Days held […]

Press statement from CNSRP – Saltire Prize sites

01st Sep, 2012

Senior figures in the Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership have given a warm welcome to this week’s news that the final 4 companies bidding to win the Scottish Government’s Saltire prize have been chosen, and that 3 of the 4 sites to be used are located off the coasts of Caithness and North Sutherland. […]

Partnership Chairman welcomes Highland Council support

24th Aug, 2012

At this week’s first meeting of the Highland Council’s new Caithness & Sutherland Area Committee Highland Councillors discussed an update report on the progress being made by Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP). Responding to the support expressed at the meeting by the elected members CNSRP’s Chairman Sir Anthony Cleaver said: “The strength of […]

Partnership welcomes Marine Energy park boost

31st Jul, 2012

Speaking whilst attending yesterday’s launch in Thurso of the Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park, CNSRP Chairman Sir Anthony Cleaver said: “This announcement by UK Government Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker is a very welcome boost to the profile of the north as a world-class centre for the testing and deployment […]

£8m engineering centre ready for students soon

16th Jun, 2011

The new multi-million-pound engineering centre at North Highland College UHI in Thurso has reached a milestone. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/8m-college-centre-close-to-completion-10062011.htm

Over £50m earmarked for investment

16th Jun, 2011

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Enterprise staff come under fire

16th Jun, 2011

A Local trade union representive has claimes enterprise officials in Caithness are “not pulling their weight” when it comes to renewable energy. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Enterprise-staff-come-under-fire-15062011.htm

Invest Caithness website launched

07th Feb, 2011

The Invest caithness website is now live at www.investcaithness.com

Scrabster Port revamp gets a £2 million boost

07th Oct, 2010

Tanker pier plan seen as key part of far north's bid to fin energy-related work http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1950172

Minister: Scrabster has central role in green revolution

07th Jul, 2010

Scottish Enterprise Minister Jim Mather has said that Scrabster has a central role in realising Scotland's renewable energy 'revolution.' http://news.stv.tv/scotland/185616-minister-scrabster-has-central-role-in-green-revolution/

Inner sound tidal project now going to tender

30th Jun, 2010

Following the deadline of 28 May 2010 for expressions of interest and pre-qualification for a tidal energy project at the Inner Sound, The Crown Estate announced that it has invited four companies to tender. http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/newscontent/92-inner-sound-tidal-project-tender.htm

Firm’s Expansion idea is a gem

09th Jun, 2010

Aspecialist manufacturer based in Wick which produces cameras for use in some of the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth is focused on new opportunities after investing in cutting-edge equipment. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/8220/Firm_s_expansion_idea_is_a_gem.html

Louise working to promote skills in the energy sector

20th May, 2010


Firms join forces to bring new jobs

20th May, 2010


Inner Sound in line for major tidal energy project

20th Apr, 2010


Crown Estate Commissioners should do more to support wider public interests, MPS say

30th Mar, 2010


Scotland is set to realise potential as “Saudi Arabia of marine power”

23rd Mar, 2010


An exciting new chapter – and we are at forefront

23rd Mar, 2010


Scottish Government announces world leading marine energy project

23rd Mar, 2010


Milestone Moment for Marine Energy Industry

23rd Mar, 2010


Revolutionary Scots power turbine to get a trial run on Amazon

23rd Mar, 2010


Outgoing HIE chief is “leaving with sense of pride” after 34 years

23rd Mar, 2010


HIE Voluntary Redundancies

17th Feb, 2010


Dounreay Industry day

17th Feb, 2010


Upgrade plans for John O`Groats hotel

17th Feb, 2010


£15 million price tag for John O`Groats Vision

16th Sep, 2009

The owners of the John O'Groats House Hotel have welcomed news of a masterplan for the area which, if completed in its entirety, could cost in the region of

Partrac opens new office in Forss

16th Sep, 2009

Marine environmental consultancy Partrac has opened a new office in Forss, Caithness. http://social.tidaltoday.com/news/partrac-opens-new-office-thurso http://www.partrac.com/content/02_news_article.php?nid=102

Ethel Austin rebrand for retail stores

16th Sep, 2009

The former Woolworths' stores in Thurso and Wick are scheduled to re-open as Ethel Austin shops in the next two weeks. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/7207/

International developers explore opportunities on the shores of Pentland Firth

20th Mar, 2009

Marine energy developers from around the world converged on Caithness and Orkney at the invitation of the North Scotland Industries Group (NSIG) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). http://www.hie.co.uk/default.aspx.locid-0finewm6b.RefLocID-0fihiesvg008.Lang-EN.htm

More flexible business support

16th Feb, 2009

John Swinney on Friday welcomed European approval for Scottish public sector bodies to have greater flexibility in providing support for business during the current economic downturn. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/02/13105400

Scotland’s new Environment Minister relishing new challenge

16th Feb, 2009

Scotland's new Environment Minister officially took up her new post on Friday and spoke of her determination to play a leading role in creating a cleaner, greener Scotland. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/02/12171922

Far North photography exhibit is launched in Parliament

16th Feb, 2009

A photographer Mike McCartney's latest exhibition is to play a crucial role in promoting the Far North. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/6082/Far_North_photography_exhibit_is_launched_in_Parliament.html

Scots Company Joins Tidal Project

16th Feb, 2009

A “strategic alliance” has been formed to push forward a plan to use tidal energy to power a computer data centre in Caithness. http://www.atlantisresourcescorporation.com/news-press/scots-company-joins-tidal-project/

Strong Interest in Pentland Firth Marine Energy Development Opportunity

16th Feb, 2009

The Crown Estate has announced that the first stage of the process to allocate sites for wave and tidal renewable energy in the Pentland Firth strategic area is complete. http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/newscontent/92-pentland-firth-tidal-energy-project-2.htm

Firms gear up for marine trade

16th Feb, 2009

Companies in Caithness are starting to gear up to service the new trade expected to flow from the first round of licensing marine turbines in the Pentland Firth. Speaking at the first of two seminars held to promote the opportunities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise's Louise Smith said a number of local firms have already planned […]

Market plan mooted for Woolies stores

16th Feb, 2009

Former Woolworths branches in Wick and Thurso have been giving business leaders food for thought, and now plans are being considered to create indoor markets to utilise the empty stores.The idea has been put forward by the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, which is eager to find alternative uses for the now unoccupied premises. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/6131/

Furniture firm gets £50,000 loan boost

16th Feb, 2009

A furniture making firm has become the first business in Sutherland to receive funding from the North Highland Regeneration Fund. http://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/5508/

HIE advice line

08th Jan, 2009

A freephone advice line has been established by HIE to help the region's businesses through the current economic difficulties. The advice line will be available for a fixed period,during weekdays and Saturday mornings, staffed by trained advisers who will offer advice or, if required, direct enquirers to other agencies for more specific information. Clients may […]

Ofgem`s proposals could speed up connection of low carbon generation

06th Jan, 2009

Energy regulator Ofgem is proposing radical reforms to the regulatory framework for Britain's electricity transmission network to speed up the connection of renewable and other low-carbon electricity generation. http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Media/PressRel/Documents1/121208ofgem37.pdf

New Chief Exec at Caithness Chamber

06th Jan, 2009

Trudy Morris has been appointed as new Chief Executive of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, with funding provided by Highlands & Islands Enterprise. The revitalised Chamber will be a key partner in the regeneration process, and we all look forward to working with Trudy in her new role. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/5966/New_chief_executive_at_chamber.html

NDA competition for site licence company

09th Dec, 2008

The nuclear Decommissioning Authority today announced its timetable for competing the ownership of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. http://www.dounreay.com/news/2008-12-08/nda-competition-for-site-licence-company

HIE announces business help measures during current economic difficulties

04th Dec, 2008

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today announced some newly available initiatives, with others soon to be put in place, to help the region's businesses through the current economic difficulties. http://www.hie.co.uk/default.aspx.locid-0finewm2c.RefLocID-0fihiesvg008.Lang-EN.htm