We’re delighted with the strong support that we get from businesses and organisations across the whole community, within Orkney and further afield. We mention at times their names or logos, and would like to take the opportunity on this page of providing some more about their background.

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 working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events by securing and supporting an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events. It provides funding opportunities and access to resources and information to develop the industry. EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation, alongside Business Events and Development Teams. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.eventscotland.org or follow Twitter @EventScotNews and LinkedIn

Gold sponsors

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 Institute of Physics promotes physics to all. Its membership ranges from students 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. New interline arrangements have been agreed with some of the world’s leading airlines to further enhance connectivity for air travellers.

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

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.

Clark Thomson Insurance 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.

American Elements is a global manufacturer and distributor of advanced materials with a more than 20,000-page online product catalogue and compendium of information on the chemical elements, advanced materials, and high technology applications. The company’s headquarters and educational programs are based in Los Angeles, California.