Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Promising outlook for far north – thinktank

Dounreay.
Dounreay.

The far north is gradually weaning itself off its long-time dependence on Dounreay, according to a jobs creation thinktank.

Local businesses are finding a greater share of work elsewhere, while new ventures are coming on stream to help replace posts being shed at the nuclear plant, the group said.

The upbeat update was from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, which was formed 10 years ago in the wake of concern about prospects for the area as its anchor employer ran down.

Project manager Eann Sinclair said the outlook had markedly improved in terms of the economy’s ability to ride out the loss of an estimated £100 million-plus the defunct fast reactor plant spends on wages and local contracts.

He said he was “guardedly optimistic” that the partnership would achieve its goal of maintaining, if not exceeding, the area’s gross domestic product after Dounreay’s projected closure in the early 2030s.

Mr Sinclair said studies showed local companies’ reliance on work sourced from the plant fell from 15% to 12% between 2006 and 2016.

Nearly 250 companies have committed to retaining or creating 1,300 full-time jobs since 2018, while £150m has been invested in infrastructure geared to bolstering employment in the area, he added.

As well as evidence of rising turnover, there has been an encouraging run of new business start-ups, he said.

Mr Sinclair said being in the right place geographically was helping the battle to replace jobs being shed at Dounreay.

Wick’s role as the operations and maintenance case for the Beatrice Offshore Wind venture is expected to create 160 new jobs over the next two years.

The partnership is “quietly confident” that Wick can form a similar tie-up with the larger Moray Offshore Renewables project, creating a further 250 jobs over the next four years, Mr Sinclair said.

He added: “Many of these emerging opportunities are due to us being in the right place to do business.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]