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Archived News 2014

Classic cars complete end-to-end endurance run

John O’Groats was the finishing line for the participants in the annual Lejog endurance rally from Land’s End.

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£1.1bn allowance for 100-mile Moray Firth subsea cable

Energy regulator Ofgem has approved £1.1bn of funding for a planned subsea power transmission cable connecting two sides of the Moray Firth.

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MeyGen Public Open Days, 16th - 17th December 2014

It is MeyGen's intention to start onshore construction at Ness of Quoys near to the village of Mey early next year and they are planning on holding two open days next week in order to assist with any questions about the works and the project in general.

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John Thurso hails new powers

The proposed new powers for the Scottish Parliament have been welcomed by local MP,John Thurso.

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Scottish Chambers of Commerce responds to Smith Commission recommendations

Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, comments on the publication of the recommendations of the Smith Commission.

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Caithness firm LED Scotland expands premises, products and services following continued growth.

Caithness firm LED Scotland has expanded its premises, products and services after four years of sustainable growth.

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Councillors raise no objection to nuclear archive at Wick

Highland councillors have raised no objections to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) plans to build an archive centre near Wick.

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Damen Delivers Tug for Scrabster Harbour

Scrabster Harbour Trust (UK) has taken delivery of a new harbour tug / workboat, a Damen Stan Tug 1606

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Annie Body: Young Shining Star

Annie Body of Annie’s Bakery, Canisbay, has scooped the Young Shining Star Award at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.

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Scottish Chambers of Commerce comments on Monetary Policy Committee announcement

Liz Cameron, Director/Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce comments on today’s announcement from the Monetary Policy Committee to keep the interest rate at 0.5%.

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Chambers of Commerce network sets out case for increased powers to Scotland

Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Scotland’s leading voice providing business insight and economic intelligence, sets out a clear, business case for increased powers to Scotland.

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Caithness chef scoops top prize

Sous chef Robert Smith was served the prestigious title Young Highland Chef at this year’s contest, which took place in Burghfield House, Dornoch.

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Timetable is revealed for tidal energy project

The world’s largest tidal energy project will begin taking shape in the Pentland Firth, off the Caithness coast, in January.

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Stability returning to the Scottish Economy

Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Business Survey engages with 5 of Scotland’s key sectors: Construction, Financial & Business Services, Manufacturing, Retail & Wholesale and Tourism.

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Winter Wonderland at Mackays Hotel

Looking for some Festive magic? Let Mackays Hotel, Wick, take you to their winter wonderland.

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Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2014 - Delivering the Future Together

Described as “the best gathering in the UK of active Decommissioning people”, the annual Offshore Decommissioning Conference, which is jointly organised by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK, took place 7-9 October.

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Caithness firm aid trials for Dounreay clean-up

Caithness firm JGC Engineering and Technical services have been providing fabrication and operator support to the Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) team, as they seek to develop solutions to remove radioactive waste from Dounreay’s shaft and silo.

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Mackays Hotel host wedding fair in Wick

Mackays Hotel in Wick are hosting a wedding fair this Sunday, 12th October 2014. The fair will showcase a variety of Caithness businesses, with admission from 11am to 3pm, and an opportunity to experience a tasting menu at 12 noon

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Helicopter service takes off in Wick.

Wick John o‘Groats Airport is seeing a high rise in passenger numbers following the boom of new oil and gas services contracts within Caithness.

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Scrabster Harbour’s role in new MeyGen project good news for Caithness

Local engineering and technical services firm JGC’s multimillion-pound contract with MeyGen is hailed as ‘good news’ for Scrabster Harbour, as Caithness plans its future without Dounreay.

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Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd Annual Dinner a great success

Business success was the theme of Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd Annual Dinner, held at the Weigh Inn, Thurso, on Friday 19th September.

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Caithness businesses receive a boost from their Chamber

Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week hosted its inaugural Boost Your Business event at its premises at Naver House in Thurso. Boost Your Business took place on Wednesday 24th September, launched by Chamber Chief Executive Trudy Morris. Representatives from businesses across Caithness were invited to attend drop-in sessions, hosted by…

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Enhanced Holyrood powers must be aimed at economic growth

Scotland’s leading business, industry and employer organisations have today issued a joint statement urging the Scottish and UK governments to focus any new devolution settlement on driving economic growth.

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Caithness Chamber of Commerce comments on referendum “No” vote

Following yesterday’s (Thursday 18th September) vote for “No” in the Scottish independence referendum, Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: “The referendum campaign which has dominated Scottish political discussion for the past three years is over. Scotland has spoken and has decided that our future lies within…

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MeyGen confirms 10 year deal to sell its turbine energy.

MeyGen have confirmed their signing of a 10 year contract with SmartestEnergy to sell the power generated by their project in the Pentland Firth.

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