Energy & Business Services:
Tomorrow (Monday 17th) CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in association with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Scottish Government, is launching a programme called “Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR)” This is a service to help the UK supply chain get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector. Based on the success of the Fit for Nuclear (F4N) programme, which has helped more than 700 companies through the initial self-assessment and granted F4N status to around 150 manufacturers, ORE Catapult is working with industry to develop F4OR as a pilot programme. The overall objective of the programme is to increase competitiveness to support the continued cost reduction in offshore renewables whilst simultaneously securing long-term economic benefits. For more information, and to submit an expression of interest in the programme, see https://ore.catapult.org.uk/stories/fit-4-offshore-renewables/
The local steering group helping develop a “Newton Room” at North Highland College UHI met this week, and heard updates on progress with the project. Members were delighted to hear that, following a period of planning and procurement, real progress was being made on both the learning modules and on the college space itself. Contacts with primary and secondary schools in Caithness and north Sutherland were taking place, and a prospectus was now available to support discussion with potential private sector sponsors. It is hoped that the physical space will be completed by the end of this year, with delivery of inspirational learning experiences beginning in the new year. I was particularly pleased to hear exciting ideas coming forward from the private sector on how to make best use of the facility. And on a similar subject it was a real pleasure to see last weekend that the Herald on Sunday’s “Top 100 Coolest People” in Scotland featured former Wick High School student Ellora James, whose App-building skills have helped Wick High School achieve national recognition for its digital skills programmes.
The Annual “Taste North” event returns to the area again this month, with the 2018 venue being the Natural Retreats complex at John O’ Groats on Sunday 30th September from 11am til 4.30pm. This event has become well established, with a wide range of tourism, crafts, food and drink businesses exhibiting, as well as demonstration events from well-known personalities such as Chef Tony Singh . You can see an excellent selection of the businesses participating by visiting the organisation’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tastenorth/
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP’s partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week: