31 July 07
MAKING PROGRESS - Supporting Regeneration
£12 Million Additional Funding To Assist Regeneration
Highlands and Islands Enterprise announced in
2006 it is to invest an additional £12 million in Caithness and
North Highland Regeneration Fund
- Half A Million
A fund of £500,000 has been set up by the NDA
to help the Far North economy becomes less reliant on the Dounreay site.
The loan offers start-up support to new businesses. It provides
pump-priming money to new ventures and existing organisations aimed at
turning ideas into reality and lead to job creation. Since it was set up
in November 2006, £276,000 of loans has been awarded. So far 5 companies
have benefited, creating or securing approximately 60 jobs.
Training For Apprentices
the local supply chain and the North Highland College continue to train
young people through apprentice programmes in decommissioning and
engineering skills, enabling them to find local and world-wide employment
in the nuclear sector and beyond.
National Nuclear Skills Academy
The National Nuclear Skills Academy will be delivered using a hub and
spoke model. The spoke for Scotland will be based in Caithness. The
Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland will be created in partnership with NDA,
HIE Caithness and Sutherland, North Highland College and the UKAEA. Ken
Nicol has been appointed as project manager to create the business and
Forss Business and Technology
£6 million regeneration of the former US Navy base at Forss, funded by
New Park, HIE
Caithness and Sutherland and the European Regional Development Fund, has
transformed the site into a business park. HIE Caithness and Sutherland is
currently working with New Park providing business incubator units and
services for fledgling local businesses.
information on Caithness.org
Development Of Wick Marina
the first phase of the ambitious scheme to inject a new lease of life into
has been completed. Funding for this project has been provided by HIE
Caithness and Sutherland and Dounreay has released a member of staff on an
ad-hoc basis, who is on the Wick Harbour Authority Board to help with the
development of the business plan.
New Pontoons Phase One In Place For the Wick Harboufest in June 2007
Phase One Goes In
See Phase Two Proposals In April 2007 Newsletter
Wick Harbour Brochure
Caithness Energy Alliance
Caithness Energy Alliance brings together well-established engineering,
technology and service support businesses, and R&D and skills training
facilities. They are targeting all aspects of both the on-shore and marine
renewable energy markets as well as oil and gas. By working together, the
Alliance aims to publicise the advantages of Caithness, with its renewable
energy resources, industrial track record, skills pool, willingness to
work in partnership and a great environment for living and working.
All key agencies and organisations have strong links with the local
community. These links remain strong and will continue.
Renewables has been set up to explore the options for community renewable
energy. Dounreay, on behalf of the NDA, have contributed towards the
funding of a renewable energy project. HIE Caithness and Sutherland has
substantially funded this initiative.
Renewables Web Site Still Under Construction
some information on Caithness.org
The North Highland Initiative
The North Highland Initiative is intended to assist with the development
of the economy of the North Highland's by raising the profile of the area
through its quality food and drink products, its tourism and the quality
of the built environment. Dounreay employee Robert Gray was seconded to
the project and when his secondment came to an end he left the employment
of the UKAEA and became a full time co-ordinator to this project.
Highland Tourism Operators Group
North Highland Tourism Operators Group is one element of the NHI
initiative whose aim is to increase the number of tourists to the area, to
extend their stay and to develop the current tourism season. Dounreay has
seconded Carol Miller in a part-time capacity as project co-ordinator to
assist with the increasing tourism activity.
Horizons is a partnership formed between UKAEA, in support of NDA,
Highland Council and the Thurso Heritage Society with additional funding
from HIE Caithness and Sutherland. The objective is to create an
outstanding facility in Thurso Town Hall for the benefit of both the local
community and visitors to Caithness.
Inside The Visitor Centre
New Communities Fund
in support of the NDA, have launched a new communities fund which will
support community based organisations and charities that benefit the
Caithness and North Sutherland communities. This is administered by the
site in association with the Dounreay Stakeholder Group. UKAEA also
provides funding for this fund which is linked to safety performance of
Dounreay Stakeholders Group
Dounreay Stakeholder Group is organising a conference in September and
invitations have been sent out inviting national, regional and local
politicians to attend so that they are aware of the work done so far, the
action plan to regenerate the area and to ensure the community has
Government commitment for the future.
New Businesses From
Current Dounreay Site Activities
A number of activities that support the decommissioning programme are
being looked at to see if they may have commercial potential by
diversifying into non-nuclear sectors.
The Environmental laboratories is an example of something that has the
potential to continue to service the site needs but to attract other
nuclear and non-nuclear customers. Work is ongoing with HIE Caithness and
Sutherland to research the likely uptake of such a service. Still in the
early stages there is much work to do to develop business plans and
investigate how to move from being a site function to a commercial
business. In association with the NDA, HIE Caithness and Sutherland and HC
the Dounreay project team will continue to seek other activities with this
principle from the NDA has been given to site the national nuclear
archives in Caithness. HIE Caithness and Sutherland, HC and the Dounreay
site have been very active in this area producing a robust business case
to ensure the success of bringing this work to the area.
UKAEA’s Pensions Administration Services was successful
in their bid to bring the administration of all nuclear sector pension
schemes which cover 47,000 members across a number of employers to Thurso.
They secured additional work with the award of a five year contract by the
Trustees of the RWE Nukem Ltd Employees pension scheme.
Supporting The Supply Chain
NDA, HIE Caithness and Sutherland, and the UKAEA are actively working
with the supply chain to allow them to diversify for the future.