The launch of the Stornoway Media Centre at the start of May marked the return to the ‘High Street’ in Stornoway of an organisation which can provide local, on-site printing for community publications and publicity needs of all sorts, and a local newspaper, accompanied in a throughly way by a series of websites and the chance to provide many more.

The Media Centre is the brainchild of Signprint Ltd, which prints local publications such as the Rudhach, and Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd which produces EVENTS newspaper and runs a series of websites across the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye.

The centre is housed in Church House, long known as the base for ND Macleod’s electrical business, and the refurbishment of the building, by Lewis Builders Ltd, was supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

“HIE is pleased to be part of the investment to refurbish this important building and enable the return of the site to positive economic benefit and job creation within Stornoway,” said Ian McCulloch, Head of Regional Development.

The state-of-the-start IT provision came from Danny Richardson of DMR IT and enables the constant flow of digital information using superfast connections provided by the HIE-backed project with BT to link the Highlands and Islands with fibre broadband. 

Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd aims to provide a range of advertising, news, and publicity services to its customers, via EVENTS newspaper, www.welovestornoway.com, HEB Magazine, and the websites which it has provided for customers, such as Borgh Pottery. 

The printing work for its newspapers and annual magazines - involving tens of thousands of copies - will continue to be provided by Scottish Provincial Press and printing plants in Dundee and elsewhere.

Signprint provides a design and printing service for everything from business cards to shop signs, pop-up banners to wall-sized photographic displays, leaflets, posters and colour magazines, using state-of-the-art printing devices.

Laura Maciver, director of SignPrint, said: “We want to give local community, both personal and business customers, the chance to get their printing work done right here on the island, and the new centre provides us with the chance make it easy for people to find us.  We gratefully acknowledge the support of HIE for our project.”  

SignPrint, like Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, was previously based in the Newton industrial area on Rigs Road,

Fred Silver, director of Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, said EVENTS and the company’s other printed and digital publications were looking forward to being able to serve their customers now their offices were on the ground floor and on a Main Street.