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FIGURES published by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) show that the agency approved £1.39m investment in Shetland in the last financial year across 39 projects.

HIE said it has been committed to supporting organisations who are accelerating Shetland’s transition to net zero.

More than £270,000 in total was awarded to community groups in Shetland, while one of the largest business grants – nearly £87,000 – was to Ness Engineering for green welfare units and generators.

HIE area manager Katrina Wiseman said: “Over the last year, we have broadened our geographic reach to enterprises in some of our more remote communities.

“This has given us the chance to build new relationships and enhance our understanding of the unique ambitions and challenges of these organisations.

“As a result, we have enhanced our support to a wide range of organisations and businesses across the islands, working closely with partners including Business Gateway.”

Lists of all HIE investments can be found at the agency’s website here; with details of the final quarter of the 2022/23 financial year to be added soon.


The KB bar and restaurant. Photo: HarperMacleod website

A SCALLOWAY pub and restaurant which was recently extensively renovated has gone up for sale.

The KB has been put on the market for offers over £275,000. The business is being sold with all equipment included.

The building opened as the KB in 2021 offering food and drink. It was previously named the Kiln Bar.

Earlier this year the business announced it would be closing its kitchen in the “meantime”

The property listing on Harper Macleod said: “The business trades from sizeable premises estimated to extend to around 250m² (2500ft²) including the spacious main bar and serving area, a restaurant area, fully equipped kitchen, toilet facilities and attic storage.

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“There is also additional café / restaurant space on the shore side of the building which is presently not used but offers considerable scope for extending the business, this space enjoying fantastic views across the harbour area to the island of Trondra.”


POLICE have reminded people about the dangers of online phishing scams amid a rise in the number of reports locally.

Phishing emails are designed to trick someone into clicking on a link, downloading an attachment or providing sensitive information.

They can appear to be legitimate and may even use the logos of well-known organisations to make them look more convincing.

Folk are advised to be aware of unexpected emails or attachments, and watch out for domain spoofing – where attackers create fake websites or email address that look legitimate.

If someone is unsure about the legitimacy of an email, attachment or link, they can report it to phishing@scotland.police.uk


THE CAFE at the Gilbert Bain Hospital is now open to the public.

It is open Monday – Friday 8am to 2pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am – 2pm.

When entering the hospital, face masks must be worn, and once inside the cafeteria, visitors must continue to wear them until they are seated and consuming food and/or drink.

On leaving, masks must be worn again and only taken off once outside the hospital building. There are face mask stations in the cafeteria and at the hospital entrance


MEANWHILE members of the NHS Shetland board heard this week that the first coronary angiogram scan has been undertaken in Shetland.

It was made possible through the new CT scanner, which was installed in Lerwick’s Gilbert Bain Hospital in 2021.

Director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said it boosted the health board’s “strategy of having care closer to home”.


PLANNING permission in principle has been granted for a development of five houses in Levenwick.

The applicant is building contractor E&H.

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