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Comhairle confirm Council Tax rise

Comhairle leader Angus Campbell insists a rise in Council Tax for residents of the Western Isles is necessary as the authority try to plug a £6m short fall.

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Warning of bank scam targetting islanders

Warning of bank scam targetting islanders

A Lewis-man stung by a convincing banking scam which left him out of pocket to the tune of a thousand pounds has urged islanders to be vigilant.

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Outer Hebrides wool enterprise to grow thanks to investment

Outer Hebrides wool enterprise to grow thanks to investment

A community benefit society based in Uist is to receive support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help it transition to a trading social enterprise.

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Urras Oighereachd Ghabhsainn team at the 10th anniversary event.

Celebrating a decade of community ownership

A decade of community ownership was celebrated at the Galson Estate this week.

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Overall the news is good, but passenger numbers have fallen at Stornoway.

Outstanding year for passenger numbers

Regional airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) has reported record passenger numbers at its 11 airports across Scotland in 2016.

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MSP Alasdair Allan welcomed the new figures.

Jobs boost for Isles as tourism booms

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed new figures which show the number of people working in tourism in the Western Isles increased by 22% in one year – with Scotland as a whole seeing an increase of 11%.

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NMA: Section 40 Would Cost Press Industry £100 Million a Year

NMA: Section 40 Would Cost Press Industry £100 Million a Year

The introduction of a law designed to force local and national newspapers into a system of statutory press regulation could cost the industry £100 million a year just for telling the truth, the News Media Association has said today.

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Harris Tweed Ambassador

Harris Tweed Ambassador

The Harris Tweed Authority are to appoint an “ambassador” in Japan whose remit will include policing the improper use of the famous Orb trademark.

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North Uist crofter Donald Macdonald.

Nominations for candidates to Crofting Commission

The process of nominating candidates has opened for the Crofting Commission Election.

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Pictured are Iain Macmillan, Principal Lews Castle College/UHI, Matt Bruce, Chairman Lewis and Harris Horticultural Producers and Barbara Ziehm and Angus Murray sign the lease of College land to the LHHP.

Growing to plan

Lews Castle College and the Lewis Harris Horticultural Producers have made another breakthrough in the challenge to provide healthy local foods.

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Achieve your business goals this year

Achieve your business goals this year

With the new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start and with Business Gateway’s support you can achieve more in 2017, whether it’s turning an idea into a venture or growing an existing one.

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Harris Tweed Hebrides Googles a world-wide audience

Harris Tweed Hebrides Googles a world-wide audience

Harris Tweed has been given a new global platform through a unique collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google to “bring to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fashion”.

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Comhairle raises concerns over HIE

Comhairle raises concerns over HIE

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to write to the Scottish Government and to Dr Alasdair Allan, MSP, registering strong concern in regard to the removal of the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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Jamie MacGowan of family business B�th Bheag Candle Co based in Harris is pictured centre, along with the other entrepreneurs at the awards.

Island Candle Company gets nod for entrpreneurial spirit

Entrepreneurs across the Highlands and Islands were recently honoured with £5,000 worth of awards to help them develop their businesses.

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Donald Mackenzie, Western Isles Generation Manager at SSEN (left) and Alasdair Allan MSP (right) on a tour of the Battery Point Power Station, Stornoway.

MSP visits Stornoway electricity depot

Alasdair Allan MSP met with engineers and staff at the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) depot in Stornoway on Monday to hear about the work they are doing to upgrade the electricity network across the Western Isles.

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Helen Mackenzie, Head of Procurement at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, collects the award on behalf of the partners.

Comhairle wins recognition for community engagement

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership and Hi-Trans have been recognised for the ground breaking work that has been undertaken to promote community engagement at the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2016/17.

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Uist project gets £50,000 boost from Asda

Uist project gets £50,000 boost from Asda

Uist Wool Ltd, a community benefit society in Grimsay on the Isle of North Uist, has received a generous loan of £50,000 from Asda and Social Investment Scotland (SIS) to develop a new spinning mill.

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MSP Alasdair Allan out and about on Saturday supporting businesses in Stornoway.

MSP offers support for Small Business Saturday in Islands

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, offered his support for Small Business Saturday at the weekend which encouraged people to shop locally and support their local businesses.

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The MOD Hebrides Range hosted At Sea Demonstration 2015  an international naval exercise involving participants from nine nations.

QinetiQ secures £1bn contract

QinetiQ has been awarded a £1bn contract amendment to the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

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Stornoway Port Authority sets out 20-year development vision

Stornoway Port Authority sets out 20-year development vision

A Draft Masterplan outlining a 20-year vision for the development of Stornoway Harbour has been published by Stornoway Port Authority.

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