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Weekly Update, 13th May 2013

Energy/ Business Services:

I met this week with colleagues from HIE, Highland Council, Environmental Research Institute, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and business representatives to discuss the evolving concept of an “International Marine Energy Delivery (IMED)” campus in Caithness. It was clear from the meeting that there is a considerable amount of work currently being undertaken in the north that is ready for wider international attention, including the academic work being taken forward by the ERI and European partners, and the international work being undertaken by area businesses. The IMED concept seeks to build a “cluster” of businesses and organisations around this. We discussed practical actions to take forward on several key areas, and hope to produce material that summarises the approach.

Also this week I have been working with partners from Highland Council, HIE, Energy North and Caithness Chamber to arrange a visit next week from representatives from National Grid. 

Caithness Chamber of Commerce, in association with SSE, will be running a “Meet The Buyer” event on Thursday 13th June to help highlight business opportunities available through SSE. There will be presentations on its online “Open 4 Business” portal, and from Achilles and SSE Tier 1 contractors. The event is preceded by a business networking event on Wednesday 12th June. Registration for each event is at and


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:

  • I also met this week with Neil Robertson and John MacBean from Graham & Sibbald, the firm of Chartered Surveyors who now operate the Forss Business & Technology Park. We discussed the company’s positive current and forward plans for the Park, and their wider view of business space in the north in the context of the economic transition process taking place in the area.