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Enterprise and Economic Growth

An entrepreneurial spirit underpins the economy of the islands, in the traditional industries of fishing and farming – and in more recent sectors like tourism, jewellery making and renewable energy.

Unemployment levels in Orkney are among the lowest in the country. As a Council we work in partnership with agencies such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise to encourage the creation of new businesses in need of a skilled, well-educated workforce.

Our support is designed to ensure that a healthy economy and sustainable communities can live in harmony with Orkney’s unique environment.

Created under the Orkney Marketing programme is a joint initiative launched in May 2011 between Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council. The aim is to provide the first truly comprehensive website for the county.

Features of the site include:

  • Comprehensive information on Orkney companies on the new Orkney business directory
  • Direct links to relevant information on other Orkney websites
  • The chance to sign up for a free email address
  • Sections on many aspects of Orkney life, including people, places, businesses, products, services, culture, and wildlife

For more information, contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise on tel 01856 888710 or by email.

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