Thanks to the votes of their customers and following a rigorous day of judging by some 50 of the industry’s top professionals, Stag Bakeries of Stornoway has been shortlisted for a prize in the Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20 competition.

 “With over 8000 customer votes and in excess of 30,000 individual products votes, for goods baked by the best bakers in the country, Stag Bakeries can be very proud of having made it this far” said Head Judge Robert Ross.

 “Only the products with the highest percentage in each of the six categories across the three regions were invited to the product judging stage and this year the competition was fierce.”

Newly-opened garage, DMK Autos, is not just a business – it's the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.

Owner, Don Neil Mackenzie, was interested in mechanics from a young age.  His wife, Dina, explains: “Don Neil started his apprenticeship back in 1996.  He has worked in a couple of garages in Stornoway and developed his skills, but he always wanted to work for himself rather than someone else.

“While our family was young, we just couldn't commit to the hours required to start a new business.  But, last year, Don Neil reached the point where he decided if he didn't do it now, he would never do it.  So we said: 'Let's do it!'”

The first new dental practice established in the Western Isles in over 30 years opened in Stornoway town centre in late March.

The Castleview Practice, on Cromwell Street, is under the direction of owner, dentist Mr Sridhar Kalvakuntla, who said: “Opening Castleview is a big responsibility but it is also exciting.

“At Castleview our main priority is to keep our patients pain-free. We understand the majority of patients can be anxious about dental treatment, and we put all efforts in to providing a stress-free environment in our new practice.


Isles-based HebShuttle took home the award for best Business Start-up at the Scottish Rural Awards 2019 on March 21,

The award was happily received by Stornoway-based business director Jan Schouten, Booking Manager Karin Schouten, and Technical Director Jonathan Murray. 

Responding to the award, the company said: “We are so proud of winning this award. We take inspiration from our stunning location. Scotland is beautiful.”

Jan and Karin Schouten might be better known for their impeccable cleaning standards with their company CleanSquad, but while everyone loves a clean house, new business HebShuttle is here to help bring some adventure into your life. 

By Rachel Mackenzie, Highlands and Islands Enterprise area manager in the Outer Hebrides

News that BiFab was awarded a new contract to produce 150 monopiles for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm development has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The announcement by Canadian company DF Barnes, the new owners of BiFab, confirms commitment in their efforts to bring work back to Arnish and has already created new jobs for 60 people and is set to create more. 

DF Barnes has considerable experience in manufacturing, machining and fabrication of complex offshore structures and systems across the world. The yard is in an excellent position to deliver part of this major contract and positions itself as a key player in the offshore wind supply chain.