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Archived News 2012

Forum pushes for early improvements to Berriedale

The Caithness Chamber of Commerce, under the auspices of the Caithness Transport Forum, has written to John Swinney to emphasise the importance of re-aligning the Berriedale Braes to support business moving forward for the emerging renewables industry.

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Energy boost for airport operator

The operator of nearly a dozen airports across the north said yesterday the energy sector had helped to boost passenger numbers.

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Communities across Scotland receive boost from coastal fund

The first nineteen Scottish projects to get a share of a multi-million pound fund to regenerate coastal communities have been announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Danny Alexander today.

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NDA announcement on National Nuclear Archive

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) today announced a decision to proceed with the next phase of the National Nuclear Archive project.

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Boost to Gills’ marine energy cash-in plans

A plan by MeyGen Ltd to use a purpose-built catamaran to install marine turbines off the Caithness coast has been welcomed by the chairman of Gills Harbour Ltd.

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Call for more cash from Holyrood to upgrade braes

A plan to upgrade the notorious Berriedale Braes in Caithness could be funded by a share of an extra £331 million being made available to the Scottish Government for capital projects.

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Caithness Partnership going into hibernation

Caithness Partnership is to go off the radar after failing to find enough funding to continue in the public light.

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New jobs coming on stream at Dounreay

Thirty-five new jobs are coming on stream at Dounreay to help speed up the work to decommission the former fast reactor complex.

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Retail training inspires local businesses

The Caithness Chamber of Commerce Town Centre Development project draws to an end this month. The final event of the year – a retail training course inspired by Mary Portas – capped off what has been a successful year for the Wick and Thurso town centre project.

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Firm tackles Lithuanian nuclear plant clean-up

Nuclear engineering firm Nuvia has completed construction of a remote handling system which will deal with spent fuel at a former nuclear power plant in Eastern Europe.

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Mackays Hotel & Richards Garage in Car Hire Collaboration

Mackays Hotel is delighted to announce in collaboration with Richards Garage car hire vehicles will be available from the hotel outwith normal working hours, including Saturday and Sunday.

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Chamber to highlight advantages of retraining

Caithness Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met for the first time following its' Annual General Meeting.

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New manager for five-star tower

Five-star Caithness hotel Ackergill Tower has a new general manager.

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Four jobs go as retailer closes Caithness stores

Four jobs are to be lost after a long-established business decided to close its Caithness outlets - but two new ones have been created by the expansion of a Wick firm.

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Windfarm comes with cash

A windfarm company said yesterday that it was offering a Caithness community an "industry-leading" benefit package of up to £360,000 a year.

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Energy companies in talks to secure partnership deal

A Thurso-based offshore renewables company is in talks with an international partner in the hope of staking a claim in the future of the industry off the Caithness coast.

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Speed cameras to hit road after Dounreay complaints

Management at Dounreay in Caithness are working with the local speed camera partnership to tackle the problem of cars speeding on the main road to the nuclear power plant.

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Law firm opens office in Thurso

A legal business has given a commitment to the far north after opening up a new office in Thurso.

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Wester gears up for new North Sea contract

Work is soon to being on a £114 million contract for a gas pipeline at the Subsea 7 site at Wick.

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Lynsey bucks recession to scoop award

Starting a successful business during an economic recession is not impossible if you have the drive and determination to make it happen.

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Aon Hewitt buys Babcock’s pensions administration business in Caithness

Aon Hewitt has bought Babcock International Group’s Pensions Administration Office in Caithness, Scotland. The move comes after Aon Hewitt partnered with the PAO in December 2010 in order to finance an expansion of the business via its Thurso office.

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Tourism bosses are urged to cash in on high-profile events

Tourism businesses in Caithness and elsewhere in the Highlands are being challenged to look at ways of tapping into Scotland's world-class events and festivals programme in the run-up to 2014.

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Chamber welcomes two new board members

Caithness Chamber of Commerce welcomed two new directors to its board at its annual general meeting.

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Energy titles up for grabs as leading lights gather for big night

The leading lights in the north's energy industry are vying for the honours in a prestigious awards event this week.

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Airport name change gets thumbs up

The renaming of Wick Aiport as Wick John O'Groats Airport is "a very positive move" and should help attract more tourists to the far north.

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