Energy & Business Services:
This week has seen preparations taking place for the visit later this month of a potential inward investor to the area. A series of relevant visits have been arranged to highlight the business infrastructure in the area, and to promote existing business capabilities. We have also been finalising the latest draft of our CNSRP Marketing Plan, which will be discussed by partners next week in order to keep it up to date, and to ensure that any key data being highlighted by partners can be incorporated
Tourism, Food & Drink
Last Saturday saw a fantastic one day “Taste North” event at Ackergill Tower, bringing a range of food, drink, arts, craft and artisan producers together for a series of exciting events including chefs’ demonstrations, family workshops and producers’ market. The sun shone for the event, which attracted over 600 people, and it was great to see and hear the positive reactions to local produce from the public, as well as hearing from the local companies exhibiting on the healthy levels of business being done on the day. The event has been developed by Venture North, the organisation who were supported in their own development phase by CNSRP partner NDA. More information is at http://www.venture-north.co.uk/taste-north/
Creative Scotland and the Highland Youth Arts Network is currently promoting an opportunity for young people in years S4-6 to take part in one of two residential workshops at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster – one next month and the other in April 2016. NLCG is one of the leading creative glass institutes in Europe, and regularly attracts students and practitioners to Caithness from across the world. More info on these opportunities, the deadline for which is Friday 23rd October, is at http://opportunities.creativescotland.com/opportunity/index/51c2d3f3-189a-4717-ab20-7fc7d6490e37/?Ref=%2F%3Ffilter%3Dlast-week&area=10&location=15
It was good to meet Andrew Johnston, Project Director for the Science Skills Academy for the Highlands and Islands when he visited Thurso this week. Andrew, who is employed by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, is on a two-year post to develop a business plan for the concept. He is working with partners across the Highlands and Islands, and I was pleased to be able to introduce him to Marcus Mennie from Caithness Chamber of Commerce to highlight common ambitions with the Chamber’s “Developing the Young Workforce” initiative, which sits on the CNSRP Programme. The coming together of a number of skills-related concepts has given a real boost to our efforts to better connect young people with information, skills and employers.
CNSRP partner the Highland Council is carrying out a major consultation exercise on public transport services it supports, in advance of the re-tendering of school, public and dial-a-bus transport services next year. These public transport services fulfil important functions in the area. There will be a public consultation event in Wick Town Hall on Tuesday 24th November from 7-9pm. To access information on the consultation and access the online survey please see http://www.highland.gov.uk/transport-programme
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP’s partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week: