Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 26th May 2020


The Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund, has been increased, to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.
This extra funding will be split between, the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, and the Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, which has increased by £10 million. Both funds closed to applications on 18 May.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy Fiona Hyslop said: “We are listening to what businesses need. Following the First Minister’s announcement earlier this month, that the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, would double to £90 million to meet demand, we will now add a further £30 million to help as many businesses as possible, survive these incredibly difficult times.
“Our creative, tourism and hospitality sector, is one where we know there are particular pressures, so we have also increased this fund.
“These funds are supporting businesses the length and breadth of Scotland and continue our commitment to ensure every penny of the additional business money, that has come to Scotland is passed on to support our economy.
“Crucially, we are also focusing our efforts to help those who are not captured by the UK government schemes.”



John MacLennan of Stornoway has raised almost £12,000 for the RNLI Stornoway branch. By undertaking a 37 mile sponsored cycle, between Stornoway and Carloway, to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Mr Maclennan has been a supporter of the Stornoway lifeboat for almost half a century since becoming a crew member in 1971. Currently, he is chairman of the Stornoway RNLI branch.

Mr Maclennan commented “Our lifeboat station has a long and distinguished track record of service, to our Island community and all seafarers, regardless of nationality or creed. All the lifeboat Institution is wholly dependent on voluntary contributions. So a heartfelt thank you to all who have contributed.