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Support for Learning Assistant, Stromness Academy (REF: ORK00533) 25 hours per week, Temporary to 24 June 2016, £15,883 – £17,398 pro rata Relief Social Care Assistant, Braeburn Court (REF: ORK00534) Hours offered on an as and when required basis, £9.62 per hour Relief Domestic, St Rognvald House (REF: ORK00535) Hours …

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McArthur presses case for Flotta oil terminal

Flotta Oil Terminal 

(Picture: Craig Taylor)

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur used a ministerial statement in the Scottish Parliament to press for concerted action by the UK and Scottish governments, working alongside the oil and gas sector, to help ensure the longer term viability of processing at the Flotta terminal. The statement by the minister for business, …

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£2.5m funding secured for Orkney LEADER programme


Orkney has been allocated over £2.5million of funding to deliver the Orkney LEADER programme until 2020. The LEADER programme is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme, funded by the Scottish Government and European Community. The programme will be used to develop small-scale, community driven, innovative projects which will support …

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Flotta facility investments

Oil and gas services company Fjord Processing — formerly known as Opus Maxim — has announced new jobs and a significant investment at their main Scottish centre at Flotta. Two new posts have been created at the centre, where £1m has also been invested to improve research and testing facilities. …

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Education Summit Meets In Orkney

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, is in Orkney today to lead an education summit between council leaders, councillors and officers from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. The summit, set to take place at Orkney College will, according to Orkney Islands Council, involve attendees working together …

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Charity auction of straw to take place at mart


A special charity sale of straw is due to take place at Orkney Auction Mart today, Monday. The straw has been donated by Gill & Co, from Easter Ross, and will be baled by Bill and Caroline Matheson from the Black Isle. The haulage has been organised by the Orkney branch …

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Island abattoirs set for more sustainable future

A new project set up by The Prince of Wales hopes to safeguard the future of abattoirs on various Scottish islands – including here in Orkney – in order to protect local agriculture, jobs and businesses. The Sustaining Island Abattoirs in Scotland Project has been launched this week, and will …

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Fishing leaders call for isles protection for industry


Fisheries associations in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have combined forces to urge the Scottish Government to protect the industry in the island groups. They are seeking a meeting with Transport and Islands Minister Derek Mackay to present 10 recommendations which the associations say would help secure a future …

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Jobs to be cut at marine energy test centre


EMEC have announced that jobs are to go at the Orkney based marine energy test centre as part of a restructure at the company. In a statement, the company said that EMEC will be restructuring “to ensure that its world-leading marine energy test facilities can continue to respond to the …

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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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