Business

Businesses struggle as number of local job vacancies closes in on 400-mark

SHETLAND is being held back by the ongoing labour shortage crisis, which appears to be affecting almost every sector in the isles. The shortage has been evident nationally since the spring and data released by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) on Friday suggests the picture will get worse before it gets better. Shetland appears […] Shetland News …


Martin named ‘community hero’ in accountancy awards

A LOCAL accountant has scooped a national ‘community hero’ award. The prize, given to Martin Tregonning, is part of the Impact Awards sponsored by UK business software firm Sage. The Impact Awards recognise accountants and other businesses who have made an impact of the previous year. The response to the effects of the Covid pandemic […] Shetland News …


Seafood companies receive government help

A NUMBER of mussel farming businesses as well as owners of shellfish boats have been compensated for losses incurred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges linked to Brexit. The Scottish Government has now published details of financial awards made under the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund, which was announced in early February […] Shetland News …


Crofter Chris nominated in initiative seeking Scotland’s ‘food heroes’

BRESSAY-based crofter Chris Dyer is among the nominees for a Scotland-wide “food hero” competition recognising sustainable food businesses. Garths Croft focuses on traditional and heritage breeds of sheep, pigs and poultry and is among 18 small businesses recognised by the organisation Food Hero Scot as “sustainability heroes within our communities”. The Covid-19 pandemic and growing […] Shetland News …


Industry strives to keep building amid high costs and shortage of materials

THE LOCAL construction trade is so far holding up well in the face of the twin challenges of high prices and shortage of key building materials globally, according to many of those working within the industry. Shetland News has been speaking to builders, architects and surveyors who all report that the sector is generally weathering […] Shetland News …


Salmon company chuffed after reaching zero antibiotics target

SALMON producer Scottish Sea Farms says it has achieved an important global milestone by not using any antibiotics in any of its farming operations in 2020.  The company is one of the three large players in salmon farming in Shetland. Celebrating its success the company said it had been working on reducing its use of […] Shetland News …



Tattie Shop premises to enjoy new lease of life as juice bar

THE OWNER of recently established business Coffee Culture Lerwick is launching a new juice bar in the premises that used to house the Tattie Shop on Commercial Street. Jigar Gangdev took the keys to the premises last week and intends to open Juice Culture Lerwick on 31 May. The 29-year-old says the new enterprise will […] Shetland News …


What sort of community do we want? MP asks, while urging planners to reject plans for two new Co-op supermarkets

SHETLAND’s “delicate” and “distinctive” economic eco-system is under threat should plans for two new supermarkets get the go-ahead. That is the view of Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael, who earlier this week met with the local retailers, food producers and wholesalers who are worried about the “existential threat” two new Co-op convenience stores at Scalloway […] Shetland News …


Cruise calls would be ‘highly regulated’ – if they go ahead

THE LIKELIHOOD of two mooted cruise ship visits to Lerwick going ahead this summer is uncertain amid Covid-19 restrictions – but if passengers are allowed ashore it will be in a “highly regulated” fashion, according to tourism industry leaders. There has been a mixed reaction within the isles since it emerged last week that Fred […] Shetland News …