Caithness Chamber of Commerce is one of the 26 chambers which constitutes Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC). SCC represents more than 50 percent of private sector jobs in Scotland and has built a reputation as Scotland’s premier voice for business at national and international level.
Caithness Chamber is supported by a large chamber network with Inverness Chamber of Commerce offering a supporting role from a Highland regional perspective and providing an affiliation for Caithness to British Chambers of Commerce who offer a wide range of member benefits as well as being the UK national voice.
Inverness Chamber provides a communications platform between the chambers in the Highlands on connected policy matters. It also supports Caithness Chamber of Commerce with export documentation and advice for its members.
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership is an inter-agency partnership comprising of Highland Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Highland and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government taking forward the task of diversifying the economy through an area action plan.
The partnership has three groupings – the Executive Board which comprises the Chief Executives of the main partners and a representative from Scottish Government; the Delivery Group comprising key local area managers and directors; and the Advisory Board which comprises a range of local organisations.
Highland Council is one of 32 all-purpose councils in Scotland, serving 219,000 people across 26,484 sq km. It has 80 elected members, serving on 14 four-member wards and eight three member wards.
The Council aims to create sustainable communities with more balanced population growth and economic development across the Highlands and to build a fairer and healthier Highlands.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland and is home to around 450,000 people.
HIE’s role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region and it is actively working to diversify the economy of Caithness and North Sutherland from dependence on the Dounreay nuclear power station site, and ensuring a more mixed economy is developed.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body created through the Energy Act 2004. Its sponsoring Government department is the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC); for some aspects of its functions in Scotland it is responsible to Scottish Ministers. It owns 19 former United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) sites, built in the post-war days of the UK’s early nuclear programme, including Dounreay in Caithness. It is responsible for decommissioning and cleaning up these civil nuclear facilities and plays an active part in the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.