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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.

All Business and Trade pages can be accessed from the 'More pages in this section' menu.

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If you have a Business or Trade related topic that you cannot find an article on, please contact us to get further help and get your questions answered. To get contact details please use the Contact Us menu from any page. We also welcome suggestions for future articles or features, so we can develop our web service. 


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

You can link straight to the Business pages and Business Directory from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

For more information, contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise on tel 01856888710 or by email.

Please note that Trading Standards pages have now moved to the 'Environmental Health and Trading Standards' section of the website. A link to Trading Standards is available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

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