Local News for Monday 4th February 2019


Business persons in the Western Isles are to be afforded a golden opportunity organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), as part of its Entrepreneurial Academy, the brand development workshop will be delivered by experts in the field and will be free to attend takes place in Stornoway in March.

At the workshop, delegates will learn how to communicate the vision, mission and values of their business or social enterprise, while gaining knowledge of how to build a brand that reflects the company’s operations and the experiences of its customers.

Bill McMillan, head of business growth for Outer Hebrides at HIE, said:

‘To stand out in a crowded marketplace, business leaders should consider how their brand reflects who they are, what they do and their values. Today’s consumers look beyond logos, slogans and adverts; seeing more than just products and buying into a company’s identity’.

The workshop will be delivered by Lesley Thomson, managing director of communications consultancy Spreng Thomson, and Janice Kirkpatrick, creative director of design agency Graven.


The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, has announced the appointment of Lorna Jack as Chair of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL).

He said: ‘I congratulate Lorna on her appointment as Chair of the Board of HIAL on a permanent basis.

She has performed admirably in the role on an interim basis, helping HIAL continue to deliver for the communities that rely on these vital air links. I look forward to continuing to work with her’.

Lorna Jack is a chartered accountant. She joined the Board of HIAL as a non-executive Director in March 2014 and chaired its Audit Committee for over three years, until she was invited to take on the interim Chair role in October 2017. Ms Jack remains the Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland.

The appointment is for three years and commenced on 1st February 2019 to 31st January 2022. The Chair of the HIAL Board receives £310.00 per day for a time commitment of six days per month.


Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3million that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Applications are open from 6th until 20th February, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The financial support is available through three different trusts that are all funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with the sole purpose of supporting people and their communities. Each trust supports projects focussed on specific themes.

Local good causes are advised to take advantage of this opportunity by reading the short funding guides available and applying to the trust that best fits the aims of their project.
For more information, to view the funding guides and to apply please visit the trusts’ websites directly which you can find on our facebook news page on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.