• Friday 10th November 2023, 12:00 – 14:00 GMT
  • Location: Macdonald Drumossie Hotel, Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 5BE

Royal Bank of Scotland are headline partners of the Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards, and category sponsors of the Climate Action award. As part of their commitment to leading the climate change discussion, they will host a seminar on the afternoon of the awards to support customers, businesses, and stakeholders in the tourism & leisure sector on their transition to Net Zero.

Many businesses in the tourism & leisure sector across the Highlands & Islands are unaware of the impact that climate change is having on the industry. Join them for this insightful session as they aim to demonstrate the real-life impact of not addressing the climate crisis, as well as highlighting the commercial opportunity in proactive mitigation.

This seminar will feature a keynote session and Q&A from Alison Wood of the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute. The session will also feature local business case studies from those who have participated in the ECCI Climate Springboard Programme.

For more information or to book your place, visit here.

  • 6th December 2023, 12:00 – 13:00
  • Online
  • Register via Eventbrite

PA Consulting is delighted to be joining the Caithness Chamber of Commerce for the second time on Wednesday 6th December to run an informative and interactive session with a panel of experts on SME collaboration when tendering to win business.

PA has significant experience helping clients with tendering and winning bids and this session is designed to help SME / VSCE businesses with this, bringing insight into key requirements, optimised approaches and common pitfalls as well as sharing best practice.

We will be joined by the following experts on the panel:

  • Sally Bibb “Prior to joining PA two years ago Sally set up two small businesses which she ran for 15 years. She has experience tendering to, and working with, public sector organisations as well as collaborating with SMEs at PA Consulting.” linkedin.com/in/sallybibb
  • Andrea Sinnott “Andrea has worked in the nuclear sector for over 30 years and has tendered and collaborated with a number of SMEs” linkedin.com/in/andrea-s-0a319861
  • Ed Jones “Ed has spent the last 30 years helping organisations to source technically complex systems and services. SME involvement has been essential to many of these.” linkedin.com/in/edjonespa

To reserve your space, register now on Eventbrite.

For further information contact Fiona Levack, Business Development Manager at Fiona@caithnesschamber.com

  • Monday 27th November 2023, 08:30 – 10:30 AM
  • Royal Hotel, Thurso
  • Register online via Eventbrite

PA Consulting in partnership with Dounreay is delighted to be joining the Chamber of Commerce on the Monday 27th November for an informative and interactive workshop on Carbon Reduction Plans (CRP) and their importance in the procurement of major government contracts.

This workshop will be of interest to any business who is in the process of publishing a CRP or indeed any business who anticipate the need to do so in the future.

The session will bring insight into the key requirements, strategy for implementation, sharing best practice and explore optimised approaches for:

  • structure and contents of a CRP
  • understanding your emission sources
  • assess options for decarbonisation
  • setting ambitions and targets
  • value for money consideration

What is a CRP and why is it needed?

A Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP) is a statement from suppliers identifying their current carbon footprint and commitment they will make to help the UK achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. CRPs must be provided by suppliers when responding to in-scope procurements as defined by PPN 06/21.

The Carbon Reduction Plan is not intended to replace existing reporting or calculation of your organisational carbon footprint. It is a summary document that details high level information that demonstrates your compliance with the measure. CRPs focus upon the recording and reporting of Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and introduce additional reporting against a subset of Scope 3 emissions.

This event is sponsored by Dounreay, all member businesses are welcome to attend.

Reserve your space here on Eventbrite.

  • Wednesday 1st November 2023, 12:00 – 13:00
  • Online

PA Consulting is thrilled to be joining the Caithness Chamber of Commerce to run the first of two informative and interactive virtual expert panel discussions on tendering to win business.

PA has significant experience helping clients with tendering and winning bids and this session is designed to help SME / VSCE businesses with this, bringing insight into key requirements, optimised approaches and common pitfalls as well as sharing best practice.

Topics will include;

  • exploring how to source opportunities
  • how to decide are they right for you
  • how to capture
  • how to author winning responses

The event will take place online from 1200 hrs on 1st November.  To reserve your space, register now on Eventbrite.

For further information contact Fiona Levack, Business Development Manager at Fiona@caithnesschamber.com

  • Tuesday 5th December , 2023, 08:00 – 11:00
  • Mackays Hotel, Wick

Join the Thistle Wind Partners team to discover and explore the opportunities ahead for businesses in the Highlands.

Thistle Wind Partners (TWP) is a new offshore wind developer, which was founded in 2020 by a consortium of three companies – DEME, Qair and Aspiravi. TWP’s founder companies work on a wide variety of renewable energy, environmental remediation, and marine infrastructure projects around the world.

In January 2022, Crown Estate Scotland awarded TWP two ScotWind leasing sites for offshore wind development. Over the next decade, TWP will develop and build:

  • The Ayre Offshore Wind Farm, a 1GW floating-foundation project, to the east of Orkney and north of Caithness (57km from Wick), at a deepwater site in the NE2 leasing zone (200km2 in area).
  • The Bowdun Offshore Wind Farm, a 1GW fixed-foundation project, located 44km off the coast of Aberdeenshire (from Stonehaven) in the E3 leasing zone (187km2 in area).

By mixing floating and jacket foundations, our projects represent a broad and exciting opportunity for technology developers and the Scottish supply chain.

At this event, organised by the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, TWP’s team are looking to introduce and discuss the opportunities ahead for businesses in the Highlands

View the full agenda and reserve your space now on Eventbrite.

For further information contact Fiona Levack, Business Development Manager at Fiona@caithnesschamber.com

  • 15th November 2023, 10:00 – 11:00AM
  • Online
  • Free event for all Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Venture North Members

Lithium-ion batteries are playing an important role in our collective journey towards net zero, with a significant rise in the use of electrical vehicles and e-bikes.

Caithness Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Venture North is pleased to welcome specialists in Fire Safety, Richard Dunbar, MD of Park Lodge International Ltd to give an overview of the safety concerns associated with Lithium-ion battery charging and advice on how to safeguard your business to help mitigate against the associated risks.

This session will help you understand the need for a robust fire risk assessment and policies which encompass the charging of Lithium-ion batteries on your premises.

This session will be tailored to:

  • Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Businesses
  • Businesses and organisations with responsibility for residential/overnight accommodations
  • Businesses with EV vehicles or where staff are charging E-Bikes / EV vehicles onsite.

Anyone keen to learn more about the fire risks associated with Lithium-ion batteries is also welcome to join.

There will be opportunity for live Q&A session after the presentation, please contact info@caithnesschamber.com if you wish to submit question in advance.


Richard Dunbar, MD of Park Lodge International Ltd is based in Caithness with a background of fire and police service is a specialist in fire safety, alternative fuelled vehicles and battery storage systems. Park Lodge Consultancy undertakes fire safety consultancy 4 continents.

This event is free to attend for all Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Venture North Members as part of as part of Talking Tourism.

Book your place via Eventbrite Here.

The Supplier Development Programme will hold the 6th Annual Meet the Buyer North as an in-person, face-to-face event

Focusing on one-to-one in-person networking, Meet the Buyer North 2023 will allow your business to connect with “real” buyers from the public sector operating in the North and Islands of Scotland, as well as private contractors with supply chain opportunities and business support providers, all under one roof.

Open to All

This event is designed to support micro, small and medium sized businesses in the North of Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands, to engage with business opportunities in the public sector. Businesses of all sizes are welcome to attend Meet the Buyer North. Non-SME suppliers are also eligible to attend, and all must register a free account with SDP to book a place.

This is a great opportunity for SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations to get “tender ready” too? You’ll learn from SDP’s expert trainers top tips on how to bid via Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender!

You’ll only know if you go…

Attendance is key. If you don’t sign up for this free event in advance of the day, you will be missing a fantastic opportunity to introduce your business to Scottish local authorities, framework providers, and big contractors.

Meet the Buyer North 2023 is aimed at all micro, small and medium size organisations from across Scotland. Wherever you are based, and however big your business is, there is something useful to be found at this Meet the Buyer North event!

Book your free place now!

Join the conversation: #MeetTheBuyerNorth2023

Top Tip: This event is expected to be very busy. Peak times are in the morning, and there will be queues at each exhibition stand. Suppliers are asked to plan your day in advance and consider attending in the afternoon to avoid the largest crowds.

Cairn Housing Group would like to welcome local contractors and construction companies along on the day to discuss opportunities within an expanding organisation.

Over 700 Cairn Housing Group units in the Caithness area require services for a 5-year programme of works.

Required Services Include:

  • Repairs and Cyclical Maintenance
  • Kitchen Replacement Works
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Heating Upgrades
  • Energy Efficiency Works
  • Window Replacement
  • Roofing and External
  • Wall Improvement Works
  • Environmental Improvements

On the day there will be an Introduction by Tony Orr, Maintenance Manager & Simon Campbell, Property Investment Manager
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

For more details about Cairn visit: www.cairnha.com

Join the West of Orkney Windfarm for this event outlining the opportunities available to suppliers and an update on the project. Meet members of the project team who will be presenting on future work scopes and receive advice on how you can bid for scopes of work on the project.

The West of Orkney Windfarm is being developed around 30km off the west coast of Orkney and around 25km from the north Sutherland coast. With an expected capacity of around 2GW, and first power scheduled for 2029, the project will be capable of powering the equivalent of more than two million homes.

View the full agenda and reserve your place now on Eventbrite
For further information contact Fiona Levack Business Development Manager at Fiona@caithnesschamber.com