8th January 2020

A quick roundup of news and blog posts from around the web from members of the Chamber:

Aberdeen Renewable Energy GroupShining a light on the energy transition in the north east

It has been a busy and positive 12 months for AREG, with the diversity of our members continuing to grow. As part of our remit to bring new business opportunities and renewables investment to the city, we provided support, skills and networking for our members throughout 2019.

Arch Henderson LLP2010 and beyond

During the last decade of our first century the major developments included the rapid expansion of the Glasgow office, that now vies with the Aberdeen office for size, and the acquisition of an office in Inverness, and a new office in Southampton.

Caithness Voluntary GroupScottish Charity Awards 2020 launched

Organised annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards celebrate the amazing work that people within charities and community groups do every day, all over the country, to help those in need and raise awareness of important causes.

Caithness Voluntary GroupTesco Bags of Help looking for grant applications in Caithness

Community groups and charities across Caithness are being invited to apply for funding through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Caithness Voluntary GroupVolunteer in 2020

New year, new decade, new challenges! therefore you might have considered getting more involved with your community, helping out or maybe just meeting new people, if so take the first step and become a volunteer.

Caithness Voluntary GroupYour Cash Your Caithness 2020

The Highland Council took receipt of £9,497 from the old Caithness Partnership earlier in 2019 on condition that these funds were set aside and used in a Your Cash Your Caithness funding event.

Care and Learning AllianceCALA E Learning Zone: New module added!

This module developed in partnership by Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) and the Scottish Out of School Network (SOSCN) and is available free of charge for everyone to access.

Care and Learning AllianceLaunch of Consultation on Early Learning and Childcare Statutory Guidance

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on the updated Early Learning and Childcare Statutory Guidance. The consultation will provide an opportunity for everyone involved in early learning and childcare to provide their views before the guidance is finalised.

Care and Learning Alliance‘On-line Safety Awareness’ session

New computer games for Christmas? Kids playing games on-line? Are you feeling a little bit like it’s all an alien language and wish you knew more about it?

Care and Learning AllianceSave the date: Rewarding Careers in ELC event!

On behalf of Skills Development Scotland, the Care and Learning Alliance are delighted to be coordinating an exciting partnership event aimed at encouraging and supporting those interested in a career in Early Learning and Childcare by providing them with focused and dedicated guidance on how they may embark on a rewarding career.

Dunnet Bay DistillersInspired by Gin Exhibition

Our distillery is a VisitScotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction and a centre for food and drink, culture and heritage tourism located along the route of the North Coast 500 on the north coast of Scotland. In 2019, we decided to launch an exciting exhibition programme in our Tasting Room. Our first exhibition is called Inspired by Gin and we would love you to come along and view the beautiful artwork!

Highland CouncilWick Street Design Festival to help redesign Wick’s High Street

Wickers are being asked to help develop design ideas to help improve the High Street.

Highland Office EquipmentCharity Christmas round up and opening hours

As part of the Capital Document Solutions group, we have been looking back at our charity fundraising efforts in 2019.

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd –  Air Traffic Control Dispute Resolved

We are pleased to advise that the Air Traffic Control (ATC) pay dispute has now been resolved. Prospect has confirmed today (Friday 3rd January) that, following a ballot of their membership, there was an overwhelming acceptance of our revised pay offer.

Johnston Carmichael LLPAccountancy firm Johnston Carmichael ready for changes in industry

Johnston Carmichael (JC) boss Andrew Walker expects Brexit and the UK Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) ambitions to keep his growing team busy next year.

Mackays HotelHappy New Year from Mackays Hotel!

Hogmanay is a big celebration in Scotland and the perfect way to welcome in the new year. There are traditions lost to time and some that families across the country keep to this day!

Mackays Hotel & John O’Groats BreweryMackays’ Supplier Series: John o’ Groats Brewery

We love shining a spotlight on local suppliers and here’s one for the beer lovers amongst us – John o’ Groats brewery! At Mackays Hotel, we are biased towards a dram of locally distilled whisky, but our bar is always stocked with John o’ Groats Brewery beer.

Lyth Arts CentreScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

January marks the beginning of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. This year, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. LAC is excited to be involved with events throughout the year that will culminate in September with a brand new festival at Wick Harbour taking place from 12th – 19th September 2020.

North Lands Creative2019 in pictures

Here in Lybster, Caithness, North Lands Creative is a global studio. We work closely with our associate, residency, scholarship, intern and class leader artists, along with an expanding network of global talent who all contribute to enhancing our capability for producing a remarkable experience for those who visit.

North Lands CreativeGlass, Meet the Future 

Scotland’s arts links with Japan are being supported by over £100,000 from a partnership between British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland. Following an open call for proposals, which drew 24 responses from individuals and organisations working across the Scottish arts sector, North Lands Creative has been chosen to receive a share of the funding. The successful bid covers several art forms including glass, film and cross-disciplinary practices.

Nuclear Decommissioning AuthorityNuclear Decommissioning Authority: Business Plan 2020 to 2023

The Draft Business Plan describes what the main activities will be across our estate over the next 3 years and what funding will be available for them. It provides a 20 year picture of strategic outcomes and significant milestones.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority & Dounreay Site Restoration LtdNDA completes transfer of plutonium from Dounreay

The Dounreay stock of civil separated plutonium is now safely stored at Sellafield following completion of a phased transfer programme involving a range of organisations.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc (SSE)2019 highlights: celebrating Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm

The latest piece in our 2019 highlights actually begins with a bumper stat from the end of the year. On Sunday December 8 wind farms generated over 38per cent of UK electricity, setting a record of more than 16GW, with offshore wind generating nearly half of this. Beatrice, Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm, on its own contributed 7per cent of offshore wind generation to this, as it helped SSE Renewables deliver clean green energy to millions of homes and businesses across the UK.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc (SSE)SSEN’s Weather Watch for January 2020

An update on what to expect from the weather in January 2020.

Scrabster Harbour TrustWeekly Update 3 January 2020

All the latest from Scrabster Harbour Trust.

Serco NorthLink FerriesNorthLink Ferries routes to Shetland and Orkney from the Scottish Mainland

Strathnaver MuseumDurness Primary School wins Alan Joyce Young Environmentalist Competition

Durness Primary School are the overall winners in the 2019 Alan Joyce Young Environmentalist Competition. First organised by Strathnaver Museum and Caithness and Sutherland Countryside Rangers in 2012 the competition encourages children to demonstrate their awareness of the natural world around them.

Strathnaver MuseumMassive boost for Sutherland museum linked with Highland Clearances

A museum which explores the social history of north-west Sutherland has been given a boost of £650,000.

Strathnaver MuseumStrathnaver Museum secures major capital funding boost

Strathnaver Museum has been announced as a recipient of £650,000 in grant funding from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Redevelopment of Strathnaver Museum as a heritage hub for north west Sutherland project will improve the visitor experience, secure the existing museum collections, conserve the historic church building and improve access to its heritage resources.

Wick Harbour AuthorityHappy New Year 2020….

A quick update on what is happening at Wick Harbour in 2020.

This is just a short roundup of stories we’ve spotted over the past two weeks. We are always keen to promote good news and events on our members’ behalf, so contact us today if you’ve got something to share!

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