Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a £500,000 Scottish Government award to develop
the media village in Stornoway.
This marks the latest chapter in investment and development of the Seaforth Road
cluster of creative enterprise which the Comhairle has facilitated over the past
Since the original lease of Taigh Shìophort to Gaelic Media Services in 1993 the
Comhairle has been integrally involved with developing this quarter of the town as
an internationally recognised creative centre which is critical to the local economy
and hosts 80 jobs.
Over the past ten years the Comhairle have directly invested £1.4 million and worked
alongside partners to create a suite of modern, Gaelic speaking workplaces.
A derelict Harris Tweed mill bought by the comhairle in 2008 was renovated into the
Creative Industries Media Centre.
Now the headquarters of MG ALBA it also hosts a number of smaller media businesses.
Cllr Donald Crichton of the comhairle’s sustainable development committee said the
“great news” of the funding builds upon the ‘hub’ concept first envisioned for the
He added: “We are proud to have enabled the pace of activity at the site both through
capital investment and our ongoing involvement with the premises and businesses based