Bank loan scam
The council’s trading standards service is advising local people to be on their guard should they receive letters demanding repayments for a loan they have never taken out.
The letters, some which have already been sent to islanders, claim to come from MCO Capital Limited, under the trading names Helploan or Balanceloan, and typically demand a repayment of £513.
This may be followed up by another letter from a debt collection company.
Trading standards said that the latest advice was that anyone who had received such a letter should report it to Action Fraud (the UK’s national fraud reporting centre) either at www.actionfraud.org.uk or on 0300 123 2040.
Ocean Kinetics shortlisted for award
MARINE engineering specialists Ocean Kinetics has been shortlisted in this year’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards.
The Lerwick based company is one of the finalists in the small employers’ category, for businesses with less than 50 employees.
The awards, now in its 9th year, showcase employers, apprentices and colleges who have demonstrated initiative and outstanding commitment towards skills improvement.
Winners will be chosen at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel on 8 December.
Healthy living onboard NorthLink vessels
THE quality of the produce served in the a la carte restaurants on board the
NorthLink passenger ferries Hjaltland and Hrossey has been recognised with the healthyliving award, sponsored by the Scottish government.
The award form part of the government’ campaign to promote healthier eating.
Peter Hutchison of NorthLink said: “We are keen to promote healthy eating on board for passengers and crew. The starting point was to ensure that our chefs went through the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland food and health training course.
“The healthyliving award recognises the staff’s achievement in looking to provide healthier options. It underpins the training they have received and also highlights that produce from the northern isles is both high quality and healthy.”
Co-op members meet
MEMBERS of the Co-operative Group will have a chance to discuss business operations with elected members and management at a meeting in Lerwick next week.
The meeting will be linked by video to include members’ meetings at seven other locations in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, at Kirkwall, Golspie, Thurso, Stornoway, Benbecula, Barra and Portree.
It is an opportunity for members of The Co-operative Group to have a say in how the business is run and how it supports local communities.
The area members’ meeting is at Shetland College, in Lerwick, at 7pm on Tuesday 26 October.
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