27 coastal towns and villages across Scotland will benefit from £9.58m Coastal Communities Fund

27 coastal towns and villages across Scotland will benefit from £9.58m of government funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.

The fund will support a major investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy to promote more eco-tourism in the Outer Hebrides

Tighean Innse Gall receives £497,419 to support and improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewables for B & B’s, self-catering and small tourism related businesses throughout the Outer Hebrides. It will also help promote the islands as an eco-tourism destination “The Energy Isles – Low carbon tourism in the Outer Hebrides”.

In total, over 300 businesses from Barra to the Butt of Lewis will benefit from investment in energy efficiency measures for their business. The whole island economy will benefit from additional visitors who choose to take a holiday in the Outer Hebrides as a result of the additional promotion of the area as a destination that cares about protecting its environment.

TIG Director Stewart Wilson said: “TIG have traditionally worked in the domestic sector and have not until now been able to support small businesses. We are thrilled at the opportunity to reduce our tourism carbon footprint and make more eco-tourism available through greater energy efficiency and use of renewables.

Tighean Innse Gall are supported in this project by Outer Hebrides Tourism, who will market the project to businesses across the Outer Hebrides.

Ian Fordham, Chairman of Outer Hebrides Tourism, said “We are delighted to work with Tighean Innse Gall on this highly innovative partnership to deliver real help and support to tourism businesses in the Outer Hebrides – providing clear reductions in business running costs, and helping to market the Outer Hebrides to an even broader market”

Funded through the Coastal Communities Fund, this project will run from 1st April 2015 to 30th December 2016.

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP said:

“These fantastic projects demonstrate the creativity, enterprise and passion needed to help seaside towns become year round destinations that people are proud to live and work in.”

 

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Coastal Communities Fund information is available from https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coastal-communities-fund-nearly-10m-funding-for-scotlands-coastline
For more information about this project contact Brian Whitington on 07939 845351 or brian@tighean.co.uk