Energy/ Business Services:
I met today (Friday) with members of Gills Harbour Ltd for an update on the Board’s current activities, particularly related to the ongoing opportunities around tidal energy development in the Pentland Firth. Gills harbour is in a geographically strategic position, sited as it is between the two difficult tidal areas of the Merry Men of Mey and the Boars of Duncansby, and it was useful to hear of the discussions the Board is currently having with businesses and organisations as it focuses on how the harbour can help reduce risk and costs for the industry’s main developers.
Good to see further evidence of businesses from the area being nominated for awards. The Energy North Awards 2013 have shortlistings for Scrabster Harbour Trust (Best Oil & Gas Industry Supplier and Best Renewable Energy Supplier) and Caithness Renewables (Best Renewable Energy Supplier), whilst Caithness Renewables is an entrant in The Guardian newspaper’s Small Business Showcase. More on these at http://www.energynorth.co.uk/Home/Awards-2013/Shortlist-2013.aspx and http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2013/oct/08/showcase-marketing-pr-caithness-renewables
Tourism Food & Drink:
Visitscotland and Caithness Horizons will be hosting an event for tourism businesses on Wednesday 23rd October at Caithness Horizons in Thurso. The event will focus on opportunities relating to major international events taking place in Scotland next year, and will feature speakers from Visitscotland’s digital and media teams. To book a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01463 244 169.
On a similar theme an event highlighting opportunities for businesses to benefit from tender opportunities relating to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be held in the Thistle Hotel, Inverness from 11.30am to 1.45pm on Friday 1st November. The event is open to businesses of all sizes, and attendees will be given information on the range of tenders available, as well as access to support on the tendering process. To register and for more information please see http://www.hie.co.uk/about-hie/events/archive/01-11-2013–50-million-worth-of-commonwealth-games-and-ryder-cup-contracts-available.html
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: