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MSP calls for urgent review into island interconnectors


Highlands and Islands MSP Mike MacKenzie has written to new energy secretary, Amber Rudd, asking her to urgently review the case for island interconnectors for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. He said: “Renewable energy offers huge socio-economic advantages for our island communities as indicated in the jointly commissioned Scottish ...

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Scapa distillery opens its doors to the public

Brian MacAulay removing the ‘No Visitors’ sign outside the Scapa distillery.

The Scapa distillery has opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 130-year history. Available from today, visits to Scapa include a tour of the traditional, manually-operated production methods, including the only whisky Lomond still in Scotland, and a walk along the front of the distillery ...

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HIAL invites Prospect to restart talks

Midway through the ongoing 48 hour industrial action at HIAL’s airports, the managing director of HIAL has called on Prospect trade union to return to the negotiating table to continue talks in a bid to end the dispute. Inglis Lyon said: “Midway through this unnecessary strike, I would urge the ...

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Expansion plans for Orkney based brewery

Swannay Brewery.

An award winning brewery in Orkney is to expand production and create new jobs amid growing demand for its independently brewed beers. The Highland Brewing Co’s Swannay Brewery has seen sales of its varieties of craft beers in cask, bottle and keg soar in recent years. With £123,300 financial support ...

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Tesco to introduce online shopping and delivery in Orkney

Tesco is to press ahead with plans to introduce an online shopping and delivery service in some parts of Orkney. The move follows the Scottish Government overruling an earlier Orkney Islands Council planning decision which rejected permission for an extension on its Kirkwall store, following an appeal lodged by Tesco. ...

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Call for wave budget to come to Orkney

Liam McArthur MSP

Orkney MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has said that the Scottish Government’s commitment to new renewables body Wave Energy Scotland is welcome, but must mark the beginning of sustained action to support the sector. Following the announcement last November that Pelamis Wave Power was going into administration, ...

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New survey targets Highlands and Islands young folk


An online survey to explore the changing aspirations of young people and their attitudes to the Highlands and Islands has been launched. The researchers aim to find out what people aged 15-30 think about education, jobs, quality of life and cost of living in the region. Highlands and Islands Enterprise ...

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MP welcomes Papa Westray project funding

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed a six-figure investment from the Coastal Communities Fund for Papa Westray Development Trust and has called on other organisations to grab their slice of UK Government funding. His comments come after Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, confirmed an ...

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Talisman announce cuts, but not at Flotta

Talisman Sinopec have announced plans to cut 300 jobs, however the company added that the proposed changes do not affect staff at the Flotta Oil Terminal. A statement from the company this afternoon said that the plans represent a reduction of 300 positions from a workforce of approximately 3000, a ...

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16 more jobs go at Pelamis as HIE gain assets

The remaining 16 staff at wave energy company Pelamis are to be made redundant, with the job losses adding to the 40 redundancies announced last month. Blair Nimmo and Gary Fraser of KPMG LLP, who were appointed as Joint Administrators of Pelamis Wave Power Limited in November, on Friday announced ...

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Calls for an Orkney base for Wave Energy Scotland

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur met with the Scottish Government Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP yesterday to discuss the future of the wave energy sector following a series of set-backs in recent weeks. Mr McArthur asked for the meeting following news that Pelamis Wave Power had gone into administration and that ...

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Orkney stonemason shortlisted for award

An Orkney stonemason who is spearheading a campaign to get more people into apprenticeships, has also been shortlisted for a top award. Sophie Turner is a Modern Apprentice with Orkney Islands Council and has now joined Skills Development Scotland’s Ambassador Programme. As a Modern Apprentice Ambassador she will share her experience ...

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McArthur calls for urgent support for Pelamis Wave Power

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has questioned energy minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, on what action the Scottish Government is taking regarding wave energy company Pelamis going into administration. At Holyrood this afternoon, Mr McArthur highlighted the leading role played by Pelamis in the development of wave energy and the serious risk ...

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