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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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Pelamis reaction by MSP

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has expressed his disappointment at the news that the wave power technology firm Pelamis, which tests the wave energy device at the European Marine Energy Centre, in Orkney, is calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding. Mr McArthur said: “This is obviously extremely disappointing ...

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Green light for Pentland Firth power scheme

The green light has been given to kick off the first phase of the MeyGen project – the world’s largest tidal power development which will be installed in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. MeyGen has announced that terms have been agreed for a funding package of £50m and ...

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Age limit for employment scheme extended

An employment scheme which has helped create 35 jobs in Orkney for young people aged 16-24 since June last year has now been extended to include those aged 25-29. The Youth Employment Scotland, or ‘YES’ scheme provides funding to businesses, via their local Councils, to help support the creation of ...

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Ortak shop reopens in Kirkwall

Ortak, which is back manufacturing its products in Orkney has reopened its shop in Kirkwall town centre today, Friday. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has provided a grant of £136,400 to Ortak Jewellery Ltd for the £506,000 project which has created fourteen new jobs initially and has the potential to ...

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