We’re delighted with the strong support that we get from business and organisations across the whole community, within Orkney and further afield. We’re expanding this section of the site to tell you more about them all and to give a picture of the world of business and development in the north.

Core sponsors

Orkney Islands Council has been a core supporter of the Festival since its very first days in 1991. The Council provides funding and support in many ways, with staff in various departments making a big effort to help with schools links, licensing arrangements, street closures, publicity, communication links, Family Day activities – in fact just about every department of the Council is involved, coming up with support, ideas and solutions.

The Scottish Government has a strong commitment to promoting science and technology, and provides support for many initiatives communicating and highlighting these areas to the wider community. It has supported the Festival for many years, making it possible to develop specific areas for the longer term, from school activities and the Family Day to core development.

EventScotland is a team in VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, which promotes Scotland as The Perfect Stage by attracting, generating and sustaining a portfolio of world-class events. It is providing a package of support for the Festival as part of the Year of Scotland’s Food and Drink.

Gold sponsors

The British Science Association seeks to connect science with people. It works to promote openness about science in society and to affirm science as a prime cultural force. It does this by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, discuss and challenge the sciences and their implications. It is a nationwide organisation, with membership open to all.

e-availability and Lanetech is an online booking provider whose systems are used for everything from hotel and self-catering bookings to doctors’ appointments and training course enrolments. The company, based in Forres, provides services across the UK.

The IET (the Institution of Engineering and Technology) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. Its members are active in sectors including the built environment, design and production, energy, information and communications, and transport. This year they are joint-sponsors of a presentation by one of the world’s experts on pinhole cameras, Justin Quinnell, who shows how to make a piece of equipment capable of taking beautiful and complex images, using simple basic materials.

The Institute of Physics promotes physics to all. Its membership ranges from studnets through qualified professionals in all disciplines to the still interested and involved retired community. It aims to be a place where any physicist or person interested in physics can come to find something to interest and amaze them, and to form positive connections with others who share their fascination.

Loganair, Scotland’s airline, serves over 40 routes across the UK, Ireland and Norway, in addition to the lifeline air service to the North Isles of Orkney with its Britten-Norman Islander aircraft. This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the North Isles service, which has made a huge difference to the viability of the various island communities.

Pentland Ferries is a family-owned company operating the short sea route between Gills Bay in Caithness and St Margaret’s Hope in South Ronaldsay. The one-hour crossing is operated by the MV Pentalina, a modern catamaran purpose-built for the route, and able to carry 9 articulated lorries, more than 30 cars, and 250 passengers.

Silver sponsors

Clark Thomson is the largest independent broker in Scotland and has an extensive branch network throughout the country. The company has expertise in providing insurance products to meet the needs of the renewable energy industry and have worked closely with onshore and offshore developers.

The Orkney Creamery at Crantit Dairy produces milk and Orkney Ice Cream, with flavours ranging from vanilla, strawberry and raspberry to toffee swirl, apple crumble, and Orkney fudge and marmalade cheesecake.

Orkney Car Hire is operated by the car hire division of James D Peace & Co, self-drive cars with free collection and delivery from Kirkwall airport.

Stockan’s Oatcakes, with their characteristic logo of the Old Man of Hoy, produce a range of handbaked oatcakes and sweet and savoury biscuits in the town of Stromness, drawing on a tradition of over 100 years.

Maynes Coaches, based in Buckie, now have a depot in St Margaret’s Hope in South Ronaldsay, where they’re based during the summer season for hires and tours.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, established in 1783 by Royal Charter wth the mission of ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge’, came out of the Scottish and European Enlightenment, and is Scotland’s national academy of the science, arts and humanities, and commerce. Unique in the sheer breadth of topics covered by its intellectual span, its vision is for a new Enlightenment, and its aims are to advise and support, to assist and inspire.