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A LERWICK based software development company is celebrating its recent successes with the launch of a brand new website, which has just gone live at www.mesomorphic.co.uk.
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WITH Shetland's new Anderson High School nearing completion, local company Shetland Quality Construction Ltd looks back on its two years at the site next to Clickimin, writes Regan Williamson.
It also happens to fall in place with their fourth birthday - which they plan on celebrating at the Ideal Homes exhibition this weekend by offering 15 per cent off on all orders for
Mair's Pier, named after the herring station based at the site in the 19th and early 20th centuries, is going to be used predominantly by the local fishing industry, but it will also provide berthing space for oil supply vessels and cruise ships.
AROUND 650 primary school pupils from across the isles have been learning about energy consumption and renewable energy thanks to an engaging science show laid on by Generation Science and sponsored by energy company Total E&P UK, the operator of the Shetland Gas Plant.
SHETLAND's motor trade is ready for one of its largest sales events this weekend when the latest models of cars, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) - as well as a wide range of parts and accessories - will be on show at the Clickimin Leisure Centre in Lerwick.
Hosted by the local branch of the Rotary Club and held in aid of a number of charities, the Shetland Motor Show will open its doors to the public at 10am on Saturday (22 April).
Shetland Arts, in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Shetland Islands Council, are inviting applications for funding of up to £1500 towards your creative and professional development.
SHETLAND Business Week is a new event bringing together businesses, social enterprises, entrepreneurs and anyone with an interest in enterprise. It is designed to inform, connect and inspire those taking part.
The event is being hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Business Gateway Shetland, the Federation of Small Businesses and Skills Development Scotland.
The dynamic young company has spent the last three years refurbishing the building adjacent to its premises at 3-4 Carlton Place, near Lerwick's Hillhead.
As the 140-150 workers building the school head off for a well-deserved Christmas and New Year's break, it is a good time to have a look around the two buildings and see how the £55.75 million project is progressing.
Up until now getting a smashed screen replaced on a smart phone could develop into an often lengthy and expensive nightmare.
With the concrete frames of both buildings now complete, Morrison Construction is on programme to deliver the £56 million high school and halls of residence on time for the September 2017 opening.
CROSSROADS Shetland, one of the islands' most valued charities, is looking for new recruits to support carers looking after elderly and other vulnerable people. Active in the isles since 1992, Crossroads provides help and support for a few hours each week to carers the length and breadth of Shetland.
SHETLAND Boat Week is a new and exciting event planned for this summer.
Taking place between 8 and 14 August the family friendly event is inspired by Shetland's rich maritime heritage, while also being inclusive of more contemporary methods and materials.
SHETLAND Islands Council and the intrepid Helen Budge and her team faced many challenges to get the new Anderson High School and its Halls of Residence across the start line but having overcome them, the ball has been passed to HUB North Scotland and its contractor Morrison Construction to deliver the vision for the children of the Shetland community.
There is a succession option fast growing in popularity. By selling into an employee ownership structure, a business owner can achieve a fair market value and dictate the pace of their own exit, allow the employees to take control of their own destiny, and secure the future of the business in Shetland.
SCHOOL leavers considering a career in the construction industry are being urged to sign up for an apprenticeship with a local firm.
Shetland-based apprenticeship officer for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Carrie Ann MacDonald said now was the time for young people to think about their career choices.
LERWICK-based Garriock Bros Ltd is looking back at 40 years of success, which has seen the company transform itself from a small joinery firm into one of Scotland's largest privately-owned businesses.
Operating from headquarters at the town's Gremista industrial estate, managing director and majority shareholder George Garriock and five other directors now oversee an operation with global reach that ranges from civil engineering and plant hire to house building and contract crushing.
As part of this month's Green Home Energy Week, Sue Hinton and Tom Jenkinson will share their experiences with anyone interested.
The organisers had originally planned to erect a main stage on the astroturf at the Saxa Vord resort where the festival is being held.
ONE OF the "most exciting festivals to be held in Shetland" is taking place in June. The Shetland JAWS Festival – born from the isles' Jazz Festival – will take place over nine days.
There is set to be a smorgasbord of styles on offer, from Eddi Reader performing with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to a drumming showcase of global talent.
More than 100 years after it was first established, marine engineering company Malakoff is keeping up with the times.
Last summer the Shetland firm became the first business in the isles to comply with the latest European regulations for fabricated structural steelwork.