The Chamber is pleased to invite you to join us on 24th August at 10:00, when Ewan Stafford (Senior Associate) from Harper Macleod will be giving his views on what the burning issues are in employment law at present.

This will include;

  • Current Covid issues.
  • How to handle flexible working requests.
  • The importance of proper procedures in disciplinary processes.
  • How businesses can protect themselves through the use of “restrictive covenants”.
  • The impact of the “Forstater” decision in practice.

There will be an opportunity to discuss the above topics and questions will be taken during the seminar.

To reserve your place at this virtual event, simply click on the button below.




RES has finalised the redesign of its 5-turbine Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm project, approximately 4.5km west of Thurso and is holding public exhibitions to update the community and local supply chain.

Exhibitions will be held at Forss Village Hall between 11am – 2pm and the Pentland Hotel, Thurso between 5pm – 8pm onWednesday 25 May 2022.

You can download a poster giving more information here.

RES is working hard to build understanding of the skills and capabilities within Caithness, and connect with relevant businesses in order to maximise the inward investment opportunities should the project go ahead, so the team are keen to speak with local businesses at the upcoming events if they are interested in learning more about the project and RES.


The third annual Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards celebrates the very best of the region’s green energy sector in a virtual event on Thursday 23rd June.

The event showcases the achievements of the sector, while also recognising and rewarding the contribution that renewable energy makes to the Highlands and Islands economy and the businesses at the heart of it.

Renewable energy has a long history in the Highlands, and these Awards shine a light on what is being achieved at present, and also what is possible in the future – recognising the excellence and evolution of the sector.

The awards and the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) which precedes it, are both supported by leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod, which founded SHREC in 2010, and Highland News & Media, publisher of the Executive and 18 newspaper titles across the Highlands and north-east Scotland.

Entries for the Awards are open until 20 May, and can be made in the following categories:

  • Best Onshore Renewable Energy Project
  • Best Offshore Renewable Energy Project
  • Best Community Energy Project
  • Best Natural Capital Project
  • Best Public Sector Collaboration
  • Most Promising Individual
  • Best Renewable Transaction of the Year
  • Best Supplier Offshore Renewables
  • Best Supplier Onshore Renewables
  • Outstanding Achievement Award

To find out more and enter, visit the SHREC 2022 website.

Caithness Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, would like to invite you to attend a workshop on Managing Change, hosted from 12:00-14:30 on 17 May 2022 at the Pentland Hotel in Thurso.

The past few years have brought with them any number of unforeseen challenges for businesses in the North Highlands. From the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to the more recent challenges arising from uncertainty around energy prices, material costs and international events, it has been hard for businesses to prepare for what might come next.

At this event, attendees will hear from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s expert team on how to prepare their businesses to adapt to whatever the next few years may bring, as well as hearing direct from guest speakers as to how they have managed change within their own businesses. The event will also feature a networking lunch.

Book to attend this free event using this link.

This masterclass webinar will look at making a start with your Net Zero journey and get you to start exploring what action you can take now.

About this event

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The content will cover:

  • Defining net zero
  • What’s the goal and why
  • Potential related benefits for your business/support available.
  • An introduction to Skills for Growth.

It will be an interactive session including short break out group work and time for questions and comments from participants.

The webinar will help you to:

  • Get clarity on business benefits
  • Think of ideas on action they you can take now
  • Highlight key resources to investigate
  • Encourage you to set goals towards net zero
  • Widen your network of like-minded business-owners

The session will be delivered on Teams and recorded.

We wish to make you aware that there may be photography and/or video footage taken at this event, which will be used to promote Highlands and Islands Enterprise. If you do not want your photo to be taken or to be filmed, please let the event organiser know in advance of your photograph being taken. HIE’s full privacy statement is available to view online

To book this opportunity, use this link

Join us for a special event that will bring together female entrepreneurs and industry experts. A hybrid event – Venturing Forward: Sustainable Transition – will see a selection of speakers discuss how we build our knowledge around climate change, understand the benefits of accelerating our climate action journey and activate our sustainable growth strategy whilst championing the race to Net Zero.

There will also be an opportunity to participate in themed workshops, aimed at demystifying Sustainable Transition for your business, and sharing best practice. Themes to include: future sustainability, circular economy, agriculture, accessing finance, and making the most of your ecosystem.

The event will feature a keynote address from Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, together with a number of panel experts from across the Scottish business community.

Tickets are available to attend either in person or via Zoom. Please make sure to book your space before midday Friday 11th March.

Register here. 

In the third Talking Tourism event, Venture North will be joined by industry speakers to discuss career pathways in the tourism and hospitality sector.

With 15.6% of people in Caithness and Sutherland employed in the accommodation and food services, the second highest employing sector in the region, showcasing careers pathways for entry and development into the sector is key.

In our third Talking Tourism event, we are inviting businesses and communities from across our region to discuss the different career pathways into the tourism and hospitality sector and the support available to develop your workforce. Joining Venture North will be representatives from:

  • The Caithness Collection Hotel Group
  • Developing Young Workforce
  • North Highland College UHI

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with our panel of speakers.

Book to attend now using this link 

What does sustainable tourism mean for our area? Join Venture North in their second Talking Tourism event to discuss all things net zero & sustainability

Now more than ever, discussions are being made around sustainability and in particular how the tourism sector can contribute in delivering “green tourism”. But what exactly does this mean? How can tourism and hospitality businesses in our area make a difference in achieving the nations net zero targets?

Joining Venture North in our second Talking Tourism event on net zero and sustainable tourism will be representatives from:

  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Caithness Chamber of Commerce
  • North West Highlands Geopark
  • North Highlands and Island Community Hub

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with our panel of speakers.

Book now to attend this session 

Meet the Venture North Team and find out more about what we are doing in your area!
In the first of our Talking Tourism events taking place throughout March, we are looking forward to both reconnecting and welcoming more local businesses and communities from across Caithness and Sutherland to chat about what we have been up to since last summer’s Tourism Recovery consultations and for you to meet the team behind Venture North.

Joined by representatives from our board of directors and key funders, the event will include:

  • Short presentations about our key roles and a review of our first year as the destination management organisation for Sutherland and Caithness.
  • Q&A and discussion on future activities you would like to see from Venture North.

Sign up to attend the session here.