HIE are holding four information events across the north next week to offer advice to anyone interested in part-time or full-time work based from home. Increasingly companies are looking at this way of working, given the range of work that can be done through broadband connectivity. The informal events are at Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso (Monday 22nd, 11am-5pm); Assynt centre, Lochinver (Tuesday 23rd, 11am-3pm); Norseman Hotel, Wick (Wednesday 24th, 11am-5pm); and Sutherland Arms Hotel, Golspie (Thursday 25th, 11am-3pm). These are drop-in sessions, so no booking is necessary. Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org
The Caithness and North Sutherland Marketing Plan has been updated, and is now available to view and download at http://www.cnsrp.org.uk/files/downloads/download1905.pdf. The Plan outlines the approach being taken by CNSRP partner HIE to attract inward investment to the area. It has been updated by Simon Coles, who is on a 12 month secondment to HIE from Babcock, focusing on inward investment leads generated by a series of research studies carried out for HIE.
An online questionnaire will be issued to DSRL staff and Dounreay contractor staff next week, to help inform the study being carried out into the economic and socio-economic impacts of Dounreay Decommissioning. Responses will help the independent economic consultants give a fuller picture of changes to the local economy since a baseline study was carried out in 2006, in turn helping the CNSRP partners with future planning and delivery of their activities. The study is being jointly funded by HIE and NDA/ DSRL.
I have also been working with colleagues on issues to be addressed by a HITRANS-funded study into “internal” transport infrastructure in Caithness, looking in particular at “pressure points” in moving plant & equipment around the area, and to ports and harbours.
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: