Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is investing with Wick based business Caithness Creels as it introduces new machinery to increase the speed of its production process.
The company, which started up 25 years ago as a two-man enterprise at John O'Groats, delivers orders to fishermen across the UK and beyond from its custom built factory in Wick.
The new computer controlled steel bending and cutting machine will allow the ambitious business to increase production. HIE is supporting this growth with a £15,000 grant.
Keith Muir, of HIE commented: "We have worked with John Sinclair and the team at Caithness Creels since its earliest days. We are delighted to have supported the company along the way, and it is great to see the success achieved by this local business, which creates quality creels customised to the needs of the individual fisherman for catching lobster, prawn, brown, velvet and green crab."
"The business, an important local employer with 28 staff, plans to create another post as a result of installing the new equipment."
John Sinclair, of Caithness Creels, commented: "Our creels have all evolved from discussions with fishermen over many years and our designs have been thoroughly tried and tested in the stormy waters of the Pentland Firth. Our customers appreciate the quality of our products and this new machine will allow us to create consistent quality at faster speeds. We would like to thank HIE for their continued support in helping us grow."