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Our goals are to:

  • Develop a fairer, resilient, more balanced economy
  • Expand the working population
  • Grow and diversify a sustainable economy
  • Increase the number of private sector businesses operating locally
  • Attract investment

Our vision is that ours will be a sustainable region, providing a healthy, economically stable environment for its growing population. Its network of thriving communities will reflect the rich heritage and varied landscapes of the region.

Our partners

Our partners are: Caithness Chamber of Commerce, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, NRS Dounreay, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and UHI North, West and Hebrides.

Our area

Focus North’s geographical area includes Caithness and north Sutherland, but it is not defined by a precise line on a map. It is deliberately flexible to accommodate the differing needs of multiple emerging inward investment opportunities that will benefit the north of mainland Scotland.

Our activities are closely aligned with the Caithness and Sutherland Community Planning Partnerships and local place-making priorities. This ensures that no opportunities are missed, and, just as important, efforts are not duplicated.

Ours is a region of outstanding natural beauty. Thanks to the iconic North Coast 500 tourist route, an increasing number of visitors are discovering our unspoilt landscape and endless skies. But tourism is not the only growth industry in the far north. We have a unique sectoral mix including nuclear decommissioning, onshore and offshore wind, tidal stream generation, hydrogen production, battery research, space, and conservation science. The Flow Country, an internationally important carbon sink, is proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Yet all this is just a glimpse of the economic opportunities ahead. Read more on our regional economy pages.

Our team

Focus North has a small core team, supported by senior representatives from all our partner organisations.

Below, pictured left to right:

Peter Faccenda, Programme Manager

Catherine Souter, Project Administration and Communications Manager

Nicola More, Business Development Manager

Simon Middlemas, Chairman

Tel: 01463 383 286


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