Local information

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) offers a variety of initiatives which provide support for new start and existing businesses.

Help with business rates

There are a number of relief schemes available which offer reduced non-domestic rates on qualifying business. These include reliefs for small businesses (Small Business Bonus Scheme), empty properties, charities, rural businesses, renewable energy producers and nursing care establishments. For more information call 01851 600 501.

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Planning and Building Standards

Advice and guidance on planning issues is available. Find out online if you need planning permission or a building warrant, make an application, find out about an application that has been made, or find out more about long term policies such as the Local Plan. For more information call 01851 600 501.

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Licensing

To find out if you need a licence, permit or permission for your business, and for information on making an application, visit www.cne-siar.gov.uk below for more details. Many licences can be applied for online.

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Environmental Health

The work undertaken by Environmental Health includes food safety, environmental protection, public health and housing, environmental health licensing, animal health and welfare and occupational health and safety. Advice and information is available to help businesses within the Outer Hebrides ensure compliance with this legislation. Call 01851 600 501 or visit www.cne-siar.gov.uk below.

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Trading Standards

Trading Standards helps to maintain a fair and safe trading environment where local businesses and consumers can thrive. Advice and information is available to help businesses within the Outer Hebrides ensure compliance with this legislation. Call 01851 600 501 or visit www.cne-siar.gov.uk below for more details.

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Outer Hebrides LEADER Programme

LEADER is a European programme and also part of the SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme) allocation. It is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development and is primarily aimed at developing and establishing small-scale, community-driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature. Vitally the benefits and participation of the local community in the project is fundamental to the LEADER ethos. 

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Arts Funding Advice

Arts funding information for individuals, businesses and groups is available from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. 

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Outer Hebrides Factfile

The Outer Hebrides Factfile contains information and facts on all aspects of life and culture within the Outer Hebrides. 

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