Cash to help small businesses and boost eco-tourism

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Small tourism related businesses could soon be benefiting from cash awarded to Tighean Innse Gall to support and improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewables throughout the Outer Hebrides.

The organisation has received £497,419 from the Coastal Communities Fund, and will also be used to help promote the islands as an eco-tourism destination.

In total, more than 300 businesses from Barra to the Butt of Lewis will benefit from investment in energy efficiency measures for their business.

The whole island economy will benefit from additional visitors who choose to take a holiday in the Outer Hebrides as a result of the additional promotion of the area as a destination that cares about protecting its environment.

TIG Director Stewart Wilson said: “TIG have traditionally worked in the domestic sector and have not until now been able to support small businesses. We are thrilled at the opportunity to reduce our tourism carbon footprint and make more eco-tourism available through greater energy efficiency and use of renewables.”

Tighean Innse Gall are supported in the project by Outer Hebrides Tourism, who will market the project to businesses across the Outer Hebrides.

Ian Fordham, Chairman of Outer Hebrides Tourism, said: “We are delighted to work with Tighean Innse Gall on this highly innovative partnership to deliver real help and support to tourism businesses in the Outer Hebrides – providing clear reductions in business running costs, and helping to market the Outer Hebrides to an even broader market”

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP added: “These fantastic projects demonstrate the creativity, enterprise and passion needed to help seaside towns become year round destinations that people are proud to live and work in.”