News round-up / 5G to be trialled, trailer for foodies, online sales webinar, interview your grandparents

5G mobile data is set be trialled in Shetland for the first time as part of a UK Government programme.

A private 5G network will be set up at construction firm BAM Nuttall’s base in Shetland to help the company monitor process and track assets using cameras, drones, mixed reality and IoT sensors.

The contractor is currently working on the transmission link cable project.

Its regional office in Kilsyth is also involved in the 5G trial, with the project costing nearly £1.7 million in total.

BAM Nuttall’s head of innovation Colin Evison said: “We are really excited to join the 5G Create programme and have the opportunity to further develop our digital capability that will help us in our mission to build sustainable environments that enhance people’s lives.

“We believe the project outcomes will benefit our business and the wider construction industry in its drive to improve productivity.”


SHETLAND Food and Drink is putting new funding towards a trailer which will be equipped for preparing and cooking local produce.

The aim of the trailer is to allow it to be used for events and demonstrations, while it is sized so it can fit on inter-island ferries and the north boats.

It is being made possible thanks to a £17,880 grant from the Shetland Crown Estate fund.

The food and drink organisation will also potentially use LEADER funding supplemented by sponsorship from Shetland’s seafood and agriculture sectors.

It hopes that the trailer, which will be ready for use by summer 2021, “will assist with Covid-19 recovery by building awareness of Shetland food and drink in the isles and beyond”.

Shetland Food and Drink manager Claire White said: “It feels like there’s never been a better time to offer flexible Shetland food and drink experiences, and we’re grateful to our financial supporters for bringing this idea to life.”


A WEBINAR is being held later this month to give advice to small businesses considering selling products online.

The online event will take place between 10am and 11.30am on 28 January.

It comes amid a rise in online shopping during the pandemic.

Federation of Small Businesses’ Highlands and Islands development manager David Richardson said: “We know only too well that small, independent businesses are struggling for survival right across this region and beyond. Quite simply, the growth in e-commerce is a worldwide phenomenon and online sales are here to stay.”

For more information and to register go visa this website, type Inverness in the search bar and click on January events.


CHILDREN in Shetland are being encouraged to interview their grandparents, or a special person, as part of a new project organised by the museum.

An activity sheet is available online which bairns can use to ask questions about the past – a “fun way for children to learn about history first hand”.

The sheet can be accessed here.

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