Greig Cameron
Deputy Business Editor

Renewable energy specialist Absolute is to open a product showroom on
Benbecula to outline new technologies to residents, farmers, landowners and
businesses across the Western Isles.

The Glasgow based company said it was launching the venture after the
success of a biofuels and renewable hub it launched last year in
partnership with the Gall family which is located at their Glenskinno Farm
near Montrose in Angus.

The new Absolute site, which is scheduled to open its doors in Balivanich
on May 2, will be managed by Cailean MacDonald and David Mackay with the
duo also working to install things such as biomass boilers, thermal
destratification fans and wind turbines.

Absolute expects to help to supports jobs on the islands in the coming
months particularly on larger scale installations.

Absolute Managing Director Mark Newall said: “The Western Isles unique
locale means that the residents and business owners are ideally placed to
take advantage of a whole range of renewable products such as solar,
biomass and wind.

“This innovative hub is specifically designed to enable visitors from
across the region the opportunity to see what options are available to
them, as well to seek expert advice on the economic and environmental
benefits of investing in renewables.”

Absolute, established in 2007, says it has performed more than 10,000 solar

It employs more than 200 people with additional offices in Inverness,
Edinburgh, Dundee, Norwich, Reading, Darlington, Bristol and Ipswich.

Separately, Grangemouth based construction business Macloch Contracts has
said it intends to open a satellite office in Glasgow less than a year
after the company was launched.

The business has been supported by Business Gateway in Falkirk and
attracted backing from the East of Scotland Investment Fund.

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