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A digital string in Shetland’s bow

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

Showcase: Innovative new pier to become fishing industry hub

Officially being opened on Wednesday, Mairs Quay has already seen some busy times - Photo: John Coutts/Lerwick Port AuthorityWEDNESDAY will be a proud day for everyone at Lerwick Port Authority when the largest single project the harbour has ever undertaken is officially opened by local MSP Tavish Scott.

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.

Showcase: Smart pupils learn about electricity

Pupils from the Nesting and Sandness primary schools are being joined by Shawney Henderson of Edinburgh Science Festival (front row left), Jenny Wink of Shetland Gas Plant (back row left), Lizzie Leask of Total E&P UK (back row right), Sophie McCabe of Edinburgh Science Festival (front row right), and Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.

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.

Rotary Club gears up for Shetland Motor Show

The Rotary Motor show is held every second year at Lerwick's Clickimin Leisure Centre - Photo: Rotary Club of ShetlandSHETLAND'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).

Cash for Art!

Previous work from recipients of the Visual Art and Craft Awards.Are you an artist or maker who would like to advance your skills? There is still time to apply for our Visual Arts and Craft Awards!

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.

Gearing up for Shetland Business Week

Social media expert David Taylor.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.

George Robertson’s new kitchen showroom a ‘natural progression’

Anna Moar and Lewis Moncrieff are looking forward to welcoming the first customers to the company's new kitchen showroom. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsLONG-ESTABLISHED local appliance dealer and electrical contractor George Robertson (Shetland) Ltd is opening its brand new kitchen showroom later this week.

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.

New school on target for September opening

The new Anderson High School and halls at the Lower Staney Hill - Photos: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsTHE LAST twelve months have seen some massive changes at Lerwick's Lower Staney Hill area as the new Anderson High School and its 100-bed halls of residence begin to take shape.

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.

New AHS: focus on halls of residence

The new Anderson High School and halls of residence taking shape at lower Staney Hill.ONE YEAR into the contract to build the new Anderson High School and associated halls of residence at Lerwick’s lower Staney Hill, work is now under way to make both buildings wind and watertight.

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.

Could you give a carer a welcome break?

Crossroads carer Adeline Nicolson (right) with 85-year old Alan Alderson and his wife Patricia - Photos: ShetNewsCROSSROADS 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.

Celebrating Shetland’s maritime heritage

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.

New Anderson High School – the story so far

A new Lerwick landmark is growing from the rocks of Staney Hill - the new Anderson High School with the Halls of Residence on the left - Photo: John CouttsSHETLAND 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.

Showcase: Explore pluses of employee ownership

Employee ownership expert Carole Leslie will host a two day event in the Lerwick Town Hall next week.SUCCESSION is an issue facing many of Shetland's businesses – what to do with the business when the owner is looking to move on?

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.

Construction industry looks for new blood

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.

Garriock Bros: 40 years of steady growth

Company founder and majority shareholder George Garriock: 'proud to be a Shetland company making its mark nationally' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsLERWICK-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.

Showcase: Step inside a green home

Enjoying some Shetland grown apples: Sue Hinton and Tom Jenkinson in one of their two poly clubs - Photos: Hans J Marter/ShetNews A SHETLAND couple are opening their home to visitors who want to learn more about energy efficiency and living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

As part of this month's Green Home Energy Week, Sue Hinton and Tom Jenkinson will share their experiences with anyone interested.

Showcase: Unst gears up for music festival

The inaugural Shetland Reel Music Festival is to be held indoors so that everyone can enjoy the music without being distracted by the poor Shetland summer weather.

The organisers had originally planned to erect a main stage on the astroturf at the Saxa Vord resort where the festival is being held.

Countdown to first jazz and world music fest

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.


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