Energy & Business Services:
HIE’s Michael Koetsier and June Love hosted a successful visit from a potential inward investor last week, as progress continues to be made on opportunities related to the energy sector in the north.
Tourism, Food & Drink
Good to see coverage in today’s press of the new business venture being established in Wick. New Wave Foods plan to open a seaweed processing operation at Wick Industrial Estate early next year, with the aim of becoming the leading Scottish processor of edible seaweed products. The company expects to create three full-time jobs initially, with the potential for a number of further jobs over the coming years.
Last Saturday saw the official launch at John O’ Groats of public art works commissioned by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and supported by Creative Scotland Lottery Fund. The works, entitled “nomadic boulders” were launched with specially-composed music and verse from acclaimed composer/ director Jim Sutherland and renowned poet/ playwright George Gunn respectively, and featured schoolchildren from Canisbay Primary School. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Nomadic-Boulders-sculpture-unveiled-at-John-OGroats-05112015.htm
Today (Friday 6th) also sees the release of an excellent film of endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont’s record-breaking ride around the North Coast 500 route earlier this year. The film can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/143976799 Also released as a short film is one by Chris Sinclair of Sinclair Aerial Surveys. This records last weekend’s Thurso Surf Festival which attracted support from CNSRP partner Highland Council. https://vimeo.com/144246985
Next week sees the Annual General Meeting of the North Highland Regeneration Fund (NHRF), which was set up with support from CNSRP partner the NDA to provide loan funding to businesses in the Dounreay travel-to-work area. This year’s AGM will again be preceded by an event recognising entrepreneurial activities of young people. The “iStart Challenge” has been run by North Highland College UHI with support from NHRF, and the event will hear feedback from the panel of judges on the ideas pitched to them by young people.
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: