A total of £2.1m worth of funding for two projects in the Western Isles has been awarded as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund by the Scottish Government.

Of that,  £368,338 has also been awarded to the Grinneabhat Project to redevelop the former school in Bragar, which closed in 2013. The project has been developed by the community through extensive consultation and will involve the building undergoing a full refurbishment to include an exhibition space to showcase historical and cultural displays and local artists’ work.

Harris Tweed has been given a new global platform through a unique collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google to “bring to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fashion”.

The digital site, British Fashion, aims to bring new talent into the industry by creating  “a single destination to educate and inspire future generations of young fashion creatives, designers and students”.

It has already been viewed by tens of thousands of fashionistas in more than 30 countries and reported on by scores of leading publications including Vogue, Elle and Drapers.

A Lewis-based company has been shortlisted for the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards 2017.

The awards, which will be held on 2 February in Edinburgh, recognise the success and achievements of Scotland’s internationally renowned life sciences sector in areas including innovation, export and international trade, investment, community engagement and collaboration.

BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd in Breasclete has been shortlisted for the export and international trade category in the awards. The company manufactures omega-3 products for the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries. It employs 74 people at the facility and is part of the world leading chemicals company BASF.