The Wider Economy - Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership

Our ultimate aim is to broaden the area’s economy in all aspects for the future success of the area.

The Wider Economy

This covers the following area, amongst others:

  • Opportunities for the existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), including those that make up the existing suppy chain for Dounreay and Vulcan.

  • The development of the tourism, food, drink and accommodation market, not least of all to service the predicted growth in tourism and potentially the cruise market.

  • Local manufacturing and trades.

Many of the local business owners are members of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce who also run Invest Caithness which aims to offer support for local businesses and individuals who are looking to invest where they live and work. It also works in attracting inward investors and visitors to the area.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Highland Council (through Highland Opportunity Ltd and Business Gateway), NDA’s through the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund and the North Highland Regeneration Fund and the Chamber of Commerce through the Caithness Business Fund all provide financial, advisory or other help for businesses to start-up, grow and flourish.

The Thurso Office for HIE has an Inward Invest function. Working in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to seek out potential new businesses.