Published: 18th Mar 2021

The UK and Scottish Governments have signed a £335m growth deal with the leaders of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council, and Shetland Islands Council. The agreement outlines plans for both governments to each invest £50m in the future economic prosperity of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides. This is anticipated to unlock a further £235m of investment from project partners, delivering a combined £335m boost for the islands. The aim of the 10-year programme is to create up to 1,300 jobs and tackling the depopulation concerns facing many parts of the three islands. The proposals, which are all subject to full business case approval, aim to put the islands at the forefront of the transition to net zero and support thriving, sustainable communities. ‘Today we have signed a transformational deal which will bring jobs, investment and innovation to communities across all three island areas,’ said the UK government’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)