Stornoway HAEL staff paid off

TWELVE jobs have been lost in Stornoway as Highland Alternative Energy Ltd (HAEL) close their island base.

A buyer is currently being sought for the company whose headquarters are in Nairn, but due to a lack of work, the island workforce has been made redundant.

A small operation has been set up to cover the remaining work and HAEL owner Jimmy Ferguson said this would look after customers in the Western Isles.

He explained that a number of factors had contributed to the company’s current situation but that their mainland base had been moving away from installation towards more consultancy work for some time.

Late payments from clients; lack of support from the banks and from Government for small businesses; and the loss of vital contracts had left them with difficulties.

In the Western Isles, they are involved in work for Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) and the Comhairle but that work iscoming to an end in eight weeks time as the contract has been awarded off-island.