The website supporting Stornoway’s new Business Improvement District (BID) is launched on Wednesday December 4thoffering a clear introduction to the benefits the project could bring to the town and wider island economy.

Stornoway BID’s project manager Stacey Macdonald said the website would act as a one-stop-shop for all the information anyone wishes to find about what the BID is, the vision and the priorities it will set out.

A BID is a business-led initiative where companies and public sector organisations work together to encourage local improvements to their business environment. Stornoway’s BID aims to promote the town as a great place in which to do business, to invest, to live, to study and to thrive.

Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) received the fantastic news last month that they had been awarded the ‘Installer of the Year’ Award at the Energy Action Scotland Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019.  

This award is a superb achievement and a great honour for TIG and its staff in recognition of their high quality delivery of energy efficiency works for fuel poor households. 

Energy Action Scotland’s Fuel Poverty Awards 2019 were established to recognise excellence in the fight to eradicate fuel poverty. The EAS Fuel Poverty Awards winner was decided by a panel of industry-leading expert advisors across a series of criteria, including innovative approaches to tackling fuel poverty, value and energy efficiency.

The restored Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce was launched on Thursday November 28th in the refurbished Willow Room at the Caberfeidh Hotel.

More than 30 people were involved in a largely informal evening with a buffet supper and plenty of opportunities to network and meet fellow business owners.

The event was introduced by John Moffat, a local accountant who is chairing the new Chamber, and who spoke of the benefits of getting local businesses together.

The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) project has won the Partnership Scotland Award at this year’s VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards with partners The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), Pure Energy Centre (PEC), Community Energy Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES).

The VIBES Partnership Scotland Award recognises organisations working together strategically to improve their contribution to sustainable development and the OHLEH project beat off stiff competition from five other shortlisted finalists. The OHLEH initiative focuses on the creation of a local circular energy economy and was funded by the Scottish Government Local Energy Challenge Fund.

Digby Chick in Stornoway have just been awarded the prestigious Good Food Award for 2020.

Over the last twelve months the restaurant on 5 Bank Street has been evaluated for customer feedback and the Good Food Award citation says: “These premises have demonstrated exceptional levels of food quality, service and value when compared to our industry benchmarks in their category.