Scotland’s energy minister Fergus Ewing will today convene an electricity grid summit in Stornoway, alongside council leaders and local politicians from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles to tackle barriers to investment and chart a course of action.
The independent Baringa report, commissioned jointly by the Scottish and UK Governments, demonstrated clearly the massive potential [...]Continue Reading →
A marine energy device tested in Orkney could provide a major jobs boost for the Western Isles it was claimed this week.
Aquamarine Power’s proposed wave farm on the Western Isles could create hundreds of long-term skilled jobs according to figures published earlier this week.
The Edinburgh firm’s 40MW Lewis wave farm – which was [...]Continue Reading →
After a summer of keeping the public guessing, Dealz have announced that its new Kirkwall store will open this week, with the creation 23 jobs.
The new outlet is in Albert Street, in the building which was once the home of Mountain Warehouse and Woolworths. It is set to open on Thursday.
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Over £1.3 million has been invested in a new fish farm site in Eday, by leading aquaculture company Scottish Sea Farms.
The new site opened this week with the creation of six jobs. With a local population of only 150, this number of new jobs has been welcomed by the [...]Continue Reading →
Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has pressed the cabinet secretary for justice to guarantee that no jobs would be lost in Orkney as a result of the Scottish Government’s creation of a single national police force.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said: “At a recent meeting in Inverness, hosted by Northern Constabulary, the man charged with implementing the [...]Continue Reading →
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 this means construction of the [...]Continue Reading →
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 new jobs for young people.
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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 create further employment in the [...]Continue Reading →
An application to expand a fish farm in Carness Bay, St Ola, has been approved by the OIC’s planning committee.
The plans, put forward by Meridian Salmon Farms Ltd — before the site was bought by Cooke Aquaculture — will see 12 70-metre circumference cages at the site changed to 12 100-metre cages.
Objections had been [...]Continue Reading →
The rate of students successfully completing courses at Orkney College UHI is “among the highest in the sector” according to a recent report.
The inspection, which was carried out by Education Scotland in March this year, also highlights the strong links the college has with local employers and the partnership working with key local industries [...]Continue Reading →
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