As reported last week, Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) launched its online procurement portal for supply chain companies seeking to tender for work with the company. A variety of current tendering opportunities is at www.sseopen4business-highlands.com/sse/publicSearchForm.html#publicSearchForm and interested businesses are being encouraged to register their organisation and create a business profile on the site.
Gills Harbour Ltd’s Chairman Bill Mowat is quoted in this week’s local press outlining ambitious plans for redevelopment work at the harbour. www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Poer-expansion-planned-at-Gills-21062012.htm
Skills Development Scotland has published its Operating Plan 2012/13 and its Corporate Plan for 2012-15. It sets out several operational goals: Enabling people to meet their potential; Making skills work for employers; and Working together to improve the skills and learning system. SDS’s new Area Manager for Highland is Seonaig Campbell, and she will join CNSRP’s Advisory Board, replacing Ian Carse. www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-story/our-achievements-and-ambitions/our-future-ambitions.aspx
Highland Councillors have voted this week to provide part-funding for detailed design works needed on the A9 Trunk Road at Berriedale Braes. Following previous confirmation of support from Transport Scotland a final element of the potential funding package – a contribution from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – will be considered by the NDA Board in August. A completed funding package would allow work to take the project to “shovel-ready” status, so that when funding becomes available the improvement works can be carried out. The project has been part of CNSRP’s action plan since 2007, and this latest decision is a clear sign of how partnership working can bring results.
Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil this week announced £120 million funding for the Next Generation (superfast) Broadband programme currently being procured by HIE. www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/06/broadband-boost25062012 The news was also welcomed by Cllr Drew Hendry, the Leader of the Highland Council www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Council-leader-Drew-Hendry-welcomes-120m-broadband-cash-25062012.htm
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: