Shetland is leading the way in oil and gas decommissioning
Shetland lies at Europe's north-western frontier, over 200 miles north of Aberdeen and nearly 1,000 miles from Brussels. It comprises more than 100 islands, 16 of which are inhabited.
The islands population is 23,167 with more than a third living in the capital, Lerwick. With its vibrant culture, stunning seascapes and abundant wildlife, Shetland has a strong identity which owes much to its historic links with Northern Europe.
The Norse influence is also noticeable in the Shetland dialect and on place names and in January, Vikings roam the streets of Lerwick at the annual, and the worlds biggest, fire festival, Up Helly Aa. However, economically, administratively and politically, Shetland is part of Scotland and the United Kingdom.Show more
Nowhere in Shetland is more than three miles from the coast and many aspects of life are strongly influenced by the sea. Travellers have been visiting these lands since Neolithic times and evidence of Shetland's past is everywhere to be seen.
The Shetland economy was traditionally reliant on fisheries and agriculture and although these are still important, aquaculture and the oil industry are now the largest sectors. The public sector is also a major employer. Other sectors such as tourism and food and drink are helping boost employment across the islands.
Exciting projects such as the £12 million Mareel Creative Industries Centre in Lerwick, community-led projects such as those in Fetlar which are boosting the local population by over 40% and proposed wind and wave renewable energy projects are all examples of how Shetland is booming.Show less
Scotland’s latest Innovation and Investment Hub, Scotland House, has officially opened in London with more than 450 businesses registering their interest in becoming members in the first few weeks.
A new initiative is being piloted in the Highlands and Islands to strengthen the capacity, capability and governance of social enterprises.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with the Bank of Scotland to provide highly qualified and experienced individuals to serve as non-executive directors on social enterprise boards.
A community-owned Georgian property providing accommodation in Shetland has received a funding boost from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to explore new development opportunities.
SMEs across the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to attend Venturefest Scotland 2017, the annual summit on innovation taking place at the Glasgow Science Centre on 20 September.
Venturefest Scotland is a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth Scottish SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation.
The first ever business week to be held in Shetland has been hailed a success.
Laurence Odie Knitwear Ltd, a manufacturing business based in Sandwick, is increasing its workforce and investing in new machinery with support from HIE.
A hub for the growth and development of the creative industries sector in Shetland.