Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed the news that Sheila Fleet Jewellery has secured £166,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards a new visitor attraction.
The project will include the redevelopment of a disused church next to the company’s existing workshop. It also includes a new casting workshop and improvements to the existing workshop. As a result, the business will be more efficient, more productive and employ more people.
The HIE funding will ensure that the visitor centre and the casting workshop developments can be carried out simultaneously, ensuring the production area is ready to meet the increased demand the visitor centre will bring.
Liam McArthur MSP said:
“It is great to hear that Sheila Fleet Jewellery has secured this investment from HIE. I know that Sheila has had her eye on creating a new visitor centre at the site in Tankerness for many years now, and I am delighted that these plans can now take shape.
“The jewellery and craft sector is absolutely vital to the Orkney economy, not least in terms of promoting tourism. Having this new facility in the East Mainland is therefore particularly welcome, creating jobs and benefitting the local economy”.