retail spend, which includes online market places, had a 26% year on year increase in takings and electrical spending increased 43% over the same period.
The survey is being sent to 20,000 island residents, including Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and islands situated within the local authorities of Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire.
“”The pandemic has highlighted the environmental folly of ‘extract, produce, use and dump’ economic model of material and energy flows”
“This £1 million fund, delivered by the Scottish Government, is an exciting opportunity for local projects and locally-based online businesses to support town centres and promote their local community. “
“This fund will help initiatives supporting businesses, such as projects to encourage safe shopping, business and leisure opportunities, promoting and advertising local providers of online shopping or enhancing visitor appeal.”
Orkney has come top in a survey ranking the importance of Scotland’s heritage. This is the second year running that Orkney has topped the Heritage Index which is compiled by the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts)
The COVID-19 impact is compounded by the region’s vulnerability to Brexit – five of the six most vulnerable local authority areas to Brexit are in the Highlands and Islands
It is 25 years since the film Braveheart had its UK premier in Stirling.
“One of the most depressing things on Earth is listening to Scottish people telling other Scottish people how poor Scotland is”
“It is a positive outcome for Orkney that it will share in the combined £100 million pledged by the Scottish and UK Governments for the Islands Growth Deal.”