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Archived News 2013

City oil firms “have keen interest” in setting up new bases in Caithness

Two Aberdeen oil companies are "seriously interested" in setting up bases in Caithness and could make a decision about the move in the first half of next year.

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Young Enterprise the theme of AGM

‘Young Enterprise’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’ were the two overriding themes of North Highland Regeneration Fund’s Annual General Meeting held last Friday at the Pentland Hotel in Thurso.

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Crowds flock to live cinema screenings

Live theatre and opera being beamed on to the big screen is accounting for over 1000 extra tickets sold a month at the most northerly cinema complex on the UK mainland.

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Chamber meeting HIE to discuss north broadband speeds

Caithness Chamber of Commerce is meeting representatives from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on Monday to review the latter's programme to phase in high-speed broadband to the north.

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Lyth Wind Farm to bring Caithness jobs access fund

Renewables developer Eurowind has announced the Lyth Jobs Access Fund worth around £30k a year to help Caithness people access training opportunities with North Highland College.

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SCC Chair hails key role for Chambers of Commerce on youth skills and international trade

Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) hosts its 21st Annual Dinner tonight (13 November). A true reflection of Scotland, the event will have businesses of all sizes and sectors, and in her speech, SCC Chair, Nora Senior, will champion the need for businesses to accelerate their exporting agenda, prioritise young people…

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New Community Benefit Fund now Open for Business

Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has been set-up to disburse funds from the newly commissioned Baillie Wind Farm which is contributing £100,000 per annum for the 25 year life of the wind farm for the benefit of West Caithness.

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Businesses looking for answers on roll-out of superfast broadband

A meeting is to take place later this month to discuss the superfast broadband roll-out programme to the far north.

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Top energy awards for Caithness

Caithness is celebrating with two of this year's Energy North Awards winners from the area.

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Tenants of No 10 celebrate first anniversary

Caithness Renewables is celebrating its first anniversary of operating Renewables @ No 10, its Thurso town centre hot desk facility.

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MeyGen gears up onshore work on marine energy venture

A drilling contractor has carried out onshore survey work for MeyGen Ltd as part of the company's plans for a major tidal energy development off the Caithness coast.

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Fort William to go to the movies

The silver screen could be returning to Fort William after a seven-year absence - thanks to a pioneering digital media development in Thurso.

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Scottish Chambers of Commerce release Q3 2013 Business Survey results

Scottish Chambers of Commerce have today (Thursday) released their Business Survey results for the third quarter of 2013.

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Chamber leads way on customer service

Caithness is leading from the front. That was the message delivered to 140 business people at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner, held in Wick for the first time.

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John O’Groats secures WorldHost Recognised Destination status

John O’Groats leads Scotland in achieving WorldHost Recognised Destination status. The announcement was made by Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland at Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s WorldHost launch in the Seaview Hotel at John O’Groats.

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Fitness fanatic tops podium with accolade

A keep fit fanatic who moved back to Caithness to set up his own personal training business has been named as the best young business mind in the north.

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Energy firm director hits out after critics make bribery claims

The director of an energy firm planning a new windfarm in Caithness has hit out at critics of his scheme to issue £80,000 of vouchers to neighbours each year.

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Wind powered ‘dividend vouchers’ to pump prime Caithness economy

A survey of Caithness businesses has shown support for a voucher scheme proposed by renewables developer Eurowind that could inject over £80k of wind powered benefit into the local economy every year for 25 years.

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Firth tidal turbine project is given the green light

Trudy Morris, chief executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, yesterday hailed the go-ahead for the first commercial marine energy project in the Pentland Firth as "a significant milestone".

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Caithness Business Fund launched

A new Fund has been launched to assist small businesses with their business growth and development and promote the economic growth of Caithness and North Sutherland.

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Go-ahead for biggest tidal power scheme in Europe

Work is about to begin on the biggest tidal power project in Europe - in the Pentland Firth - after Scottish ministers awarded consent for the first phase yesterday.

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Caithness energy firm relaunches on and offshore services

Expanding Thurso-based renewable energy consultancy, Caithness Renewables Ltd, will be exhibiting at a marine energy conference in Inverness this month to publicise the launch of its newly rebranded services for developers and their supply chain.

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Big screen guru aims for capital success

The enterprising businessman behind the success of Thurso Cinema has been approached by a London-based firm to help expand its chain of venues.

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Storm hit harbours receive funding boost

AN extra £3 million has been made available for Scottish fishing harbours that were battered by the worst storms in living memory.

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Tidal device boost for Scrabster

Investment in Scrabster harbour is now reaping rewards for local firms and is proving that the facilities are suitable for all aspects of the energy market.

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