Two Barra businesses have been shortlisted for the Community Business of the Year Award in this year's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Scotland Celebrating Small Business Awards.

Bùth Bharraigh and Cobhair Bharraigh are two of the five small businesses shortlisted for the Community Business of the Year Award.

Bùth Bharraigh is a community social enterprise based on Barra. Its local produce shop sells food, wholefoods and fresh produce as well as local crafts. Local information, a laundrette, Wi-Fi and bike hire are also available.

Cobhair Bharraigh is a charitable organisation providing a care support service, which includes a home-based support service and day-care centre, enabling carers to have a short break and helping them to look after ill and frail family members within their own home on Barra and Vatersay.

The FSB states finalists are chosen because they are exceptional, not just in the Highlands and Islands but in Scotland as a whole, and as FSB Awards grow from strength-to-strength and the number of entries increases, so it is becoming ever harder for businesses to stand out from the crowd.

FSB Highlands and Islands Area Leader Hamish Fraser from Skye said: “A strong sense of community lies at the heart of Highlands and Islands society, and we have some really outstanding local community initiatives, enterprises and organisations playing a range of vitally important roles, many supported by volunteers.

“I’m absolutely delighted that two of the five Scottish Community Award finalists come from this region, and even more so that they both come from Barra; not bad for an island with fewer than 1,300 residents – with Vatersay!

“I wish them both well and look forward to celebrating the massive contribution that all our small businesses make to Scotland’s wellbeing at the finals in March.”

The Awards Lunch, on March 19 at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh (formerly The Caledonian), will see over 200 businesses from across Scotland gather to celebrate small businesses, self-employed workers and the huge contribution they all make to the Scottish economy and our communities.

Winners of Scottish Awards – all bar the Community Award, which is for Scotland only – go forward to the UK final in London in May.

The Highlands and Islands finalists heading to Edinburgh are:

Business Product Innovation - Glencoe Activities, Ballachulish

Community Business of the Year - Bùth Bharraigh, Barra AND Cobhair Bharraigh, Barra

Digital/e-Commerce - Yellow Cherry Digital, Inverness

International Business - The TEFL Org, Inverness

Micro Business - WOW Scotland, Tomatin

Self-employed/Sole Trader - My Primary Tutor, Inverness

A full list of all Scottish Finalists can be found here: