HNP Ltd provide an essential marine engineering service in Shetland. Other local engineering companies do the same. They complement each other to provide a one-stop-shop service. This makes Shetland's shore side business service attractive to visiting vessels that need engineering work and local boats.
Our local economy is at a cross-roads. Oil and gas companies are shedding workers. 65,000 have gone from the industry already. Crude oil prices are hovering at $30 a barrel. So costs are everything. Shetland needs to be highly cost competitive to win work. Winning work and providing a service is Job Number 1.
Yet HNP and their 16 employees are fighting for their future. Could HNP operate from a different part of Lerwick? Yes. But the company does not want to move. Should a company be forced to move by a landlord owned by the people of Shetland through a Trust? Most people think not.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott highlighted the benefits of local services during a debate on young people and youth work yesterday.
Speaking in Parliament, he paid tribute to Shetland Islands Council’s youth services and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which works with young people to develop employability skills through its leadership programme.
Shetland’s MSP also took the opportunity to highlight the work of Lerwick-based charity Mind Your Head, an organisation which relies on young volunteers to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has welcomed this week's development that the number of residents in Shetland has increased by seven per cent, with the permanent population of Scotland's 93 inhabited islands now standing at 103,700. Last December, the Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey ranked Orkney as having the best quality of life in Scotland, with Shetland in second place for the third year running and the Western Isles moving up to third place.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has urged the next Loganair Chief Executive to prioritise the needs of passengers, following the resignation of Stewart Adams yesterday.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has written to the Scottish fire chief asking what they are doing to recruit more people to the service before a tragedy happens.Read more
Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, today met with Maurice Boyle, Operations Director at Loganair, who was appointed in November 2015.
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, asked the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Richard Lochhead, in Parliament today how many eligible crofters and farmers had not received any common agricultural policy basic payment by 6 January 2016.Read more
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, has released his response to the Consultation on Provisions for a Future Islands Bill. The consultation could reverse 8 years of centralisation imposed on the three island councils. Tavish Scott has pressed the Scottish Government to ensure that future legislation is ‘island-proofed’. This means proposed government laws and proposals would recognise the particular needs of islands communities. The Scottish Parliament could decide to transfer functions and responsibilities to the islands.Read more
Tavish Scott has contacted Loganair regarding the emergency landing on Wednesday evening by a Loganair flight from Aberdeen. Flight BE6780 had 49 passengers on board and was forced to land on one engine, declaring a full emergency at Sumburgh.Read more