Pictured with the plaque from the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation campaign is Ewen Maclean, Quality Manager and Marie Maclennan, office manager

Lewis Builders has become the latest Islands-based firm to sign up as an accredited Living Wage employer.

This is achieved through Scottish Living Wage Accreditation (http://scottishlivingwage.org/accredited)

And Ewen Maclean, Quality Manager with the company based in Rigs Road, Stornoway, believes they are the biggest so far, with more than 65 employees.

He explained that during tender processes for some of the contracts, the company had been asked about its level of compliance with the aim of the Living Wage Campaign – and it turned out, when he looked into the details, the company already paid all its employees more than the Living Wage – “so we thought we might as well get accreditation for this as we were already doing it.”

The company is just finishing work on its biggest project so far – the new Ardseileach development which is a contract worth around £4.9m.

Lewis Builders is just across the road from OnTime Computer Services, which was the first company in the Hebrides to achieve this accreditation.

Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, publishers of EVENTS newspaper and welovestornoway.com, is also an accredited Living Wage Employer,

Local MSP Alasdair Allan is an accredited Living Wage MSP who works with the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to promote the Living Wage in his constituency.