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Archived News 2011

Developer told Caithness is ‘open for business’

John O Groat Journal
Renewables developers have been praised for engaging with local people and stakeholders.
The Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership has welcomed plans by Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) to harness the tides of the Pentland Firth and has praised the developers' approach.

Speaking at a recent meeting of…

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Faster jouneys key to north line use

The Press and Journal
Cutting the journey time is the key to more passengers using the far north rail line between Wick and Inverness.
While increased comfort and cheaper fares were factors, a survey has found the biggest turn-off for people taking the Sprinter service is the four-hour 26 minute…

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Port leading way to boost economy

Press and Journal
Scrabster is in the vanguard of the efforts to revitalise the far north economy, Finance Secretary John Swinney said during a visit to the port yesterday.
Mr Swinney said the harbour is ideally located to take advantage of new opportunities coming on stream in the renewables and…

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Praise from PM as Dounreay wins top safety awards

John O Groat Journal
PRIME Minister David Cameron has praised workers at Dounreay for going beyond the call of duty to protect themselves and the environment from harm.

He was speaking as the company responsible for demolishing the redundant nuclear site emerged as one of only three in the UK to…

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Lack of signs in Wick ‘needs to be sorted’

Caithness Courier
Businesses and attractions in Wick are suffering because visitors to the town are unable to find them.
That is the view of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council members who maintain that the lack of signage is costing the local economy money.
They say that attractions that…

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Broadband upgrade is welcome news

Caithness Courier
Businesses must continue to press for greater broadband access if economic regeneration in Caithness is to become a reality.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce chairman Neil Robertson said that the Far North economy must not rest on its laurels after news that a new high-speed communications network is being…

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SCC WELCOME SIGNS OF CLARITY ON FUTURE TRANSPORT INVESTMENT

Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government are planning a long term investment to dual the A9 over the next 14 years, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Scottish Chambers of Commerce have long argued that there is a strong economic case…

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Highlands braced for massive disruption

Press & Journal
Hundreds of schools closed, hospital appointments disrupted and rubbish collections cancelled – the north-east is bracing itself for disruption in the biggest strikes for nearly a century.

An estimated 2million public sector workers will stage a day of action tomorrow in protest at pension changes.
And business…

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Front runner in Dounreay race to cut 500million pound off bill

Press & Journal
The prospective new operator of Dounreay will trim at least £500million off the cost of completing the decommissioning of the site, the company claimed yesterday.

The scale of the saving to the taxpayer was revealed as Babcock Dounreay Partnership (BDP) was installed as the preferred bidder to…

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Babcock Dounreay Partnership announced as Preferred Dounreay PBO bidder

Caithness Chamber of Commerce
The NDA has today named BABCOCK DOUNREAY PARTNERSHIP as the preferred bidder in the competition to become the new PBO for Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. Following a 10 day standstill period and three-month transition phase, BABCOCK DOUNREAY PARTNERSHIP will take ownership of DSRL through share transfer…

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Offshore windfarm to fuel hundreds of jobs

Press & Journal
Hundreds of jobs could be created in the north and north-east if a major offshore windfarm is built in the Moray Firth.
Up to 14,000 people could be involved in the construction of more than 200 turbines - which would stand around 14 miles off the coast…

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Celebrating real-life entrepreneurs

Press & Journal
The Federation of small Businesses (FSB) is launching a "real-life entrepreneurs" campaign throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.


David Richardson, development manager for the Highlands and Islands with the FSB said "In a society dominated by celebrity culture, celebrity entrepreneurs have emerged as imspiration figures.

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Tourist chief hails Groats revamp

Caithness Courier
The £6million redevelopment of John O'Groats is "an absolutely tremendous project" and one which should be "welcomed with open arms".
That was said by VisitScotland chairman Dr Mike Cantlay on a two-day visit to Caithness last week.

During his time in the Far North he visited Groats, the Pulteney…

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Arts champion urges investment to make Wick hub of thriving theatre industry

Press & Journal
A prominent arts figure is calling on public agencies to invest in education to make Wick the hub of a thriving theatre industry.
George Gunn claims the three schools being built in the town can provide the ideal platform for a thriving drama scene.

Amid a withering…

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Loyalty card scheme aims to boost town-centre spend

John O Groat Journal
Caithness shoppers are being encouraged to spend locally thanks to a new loyalty card scheme being launched this month.
The "Spend it Here" initiative is being backed by the two newly appointed town-centreofficers - Andrew O'Sullivan in Wick and Nicola Cameron in Thurso - who hope…

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Tourist boss visit a ‘a real coup’

Caithness Courier
A local hotelier yesterday described a visit by a Scottish tourism boss as "a great opportunity for the area".
Andrew Mackay, who owns the Norseman in Wick and the Castletown Hotel, was delighed that Dr Mike Cantlay, the chairman of VisitScotland, is spending two days in the Far…

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Warm welcome for John O’Groats Olympic torch decision

Press & Journal
The decision to include John O'Groats on next year's Olympic torch tour has been warmly welcomed in the far north.
Among the individuals and organisations which complained about the blanking of the area from the initial itinerary was the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.

Its chairman…

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Jobs blow threat at Caithness sub base

Press & Journal
MoD has 'no further need' for Vulcan site
Over 200 jobs in the far north are under threat after the Ministry of Defence said yesterday they have no further need for a nuclear submarine engine-testing base.
News of the potential jobs blow led to calls being made…

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Harbour links up with major energy firm

Press & Journal
Trust gearing up to service new wave power traffic.
A major marine energy developer is forging links with Scrabster Harbour Trust in what is the first formal sign of the port's involvement in the fledgling industry.

The trust is gearing up to service new traffic from both wave…

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Airport traveller rise boost for economy

Caithness Courier
Air passenger numbers on the direct flight between Wick and Edinburgh have risen by a fifth over the past year, it has been revealed.
Loganair announced last week it is to continue its six-day service between the two destinations during the winter season as a result.

The company made…

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Offshore success stories wanted for top awards

Press & Journal
Organisations and individuals in the oil and gas industry have been encouraged to share their stories of success and put themselves forward for the Offshore Achievement Awards 2012.

Nominations have opened for the honours, which have a 25-year history but were not held this year.
The awards…

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HarbourFest 2012 to set sail with regal theme

John O Groat Journal
HARBOURFEST has set a return course for Wick next year.
Plans for another maritime celebration were this week announced by the organising committee.

The event will reflect the Queen's diamond jubilee pageant being staged in London on Sunday June 3, when her majesty will lead over…

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Dounreay low-level waste store project is a ‘milestone’

Press & Journal
Work is due to begin next month to construct a £100million store for low-level radioactive waste from a former nuclear power station.
Up to six shallow vaults will be buiilt on land next to Dounreay in Caithness with the first expected to be ready in 2014.

The…

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Acclaim for Old Pulteney - the best whisky in the world

Caithness Courier
WICK is officially home to the best whisky in the world after the tipple was proclaimed number one by an industry guru.

Old Pulteney's 21 year old malt, which has been made at the distillery in Huddart Street since 1826, was crowned the World Whisky of the Year…

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Tide turning for sea power

Press and Journal
Tidal-energy projects in Scotland received a boost yesterday after the Scottish government announced plans to increase the financial support they could get.

However, the proposals could also reduce the number of onshore windfarms being build because their support would be cut.
As part of a review of the…

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