What we do…
We aim to be a hub for community information and advertising across the Outer Hebrides, and the Isles of Skye and Raasay.
Since our very first regular publication - HEB Magazine, first produced in 2002 - we have aimed to bring the highest possible standards and greatest community involvement to all our work.
We see the Islands as vibrant, constantly withstanding the challenges that the wider world throws at them.
We also fight - with facts and stories of achievement and success - the stereotypes imposed on the Islands by those faraway.
If you compare the achievements of the local population - totalling around 40,000 across all the Islands we serve - with those of more densely populated areas, they are immense.
We also build websites…and provide reputation management
Examples of websites we have built include:
A Living Wage Employer
Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd is an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Poverty Alliance deliver the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation.
The Living Wage commitment sees everyone working at Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd receive a real Living Wage of at least £8.75 per hour..
The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in the UK.
Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
Our publications…on-line and in-print
Now available from distinctively marked stands all across the Islands - furthest outposts are Ullapool, Uig on Skye, Lochmaddy and Benbecula - EVENTS has a pick-up of around 12,500 in the summer and 10,000 in the winter and a linked website - www.hebevents.com - from where it can be downloaded
This runs along with HEB Magazine, founded in 2002, and The Skye Magazine (2006). Since 2015 these annual magazines are free publications with a joint website at www.magazinehebrides.com
There is also a suite of related websites - all accessed via our www.hebevents.com portal, where EVENTS can also be downloaded for free. These include welovestornoway.com, welovebarraandvatersay.com, welovethewestside.com and welovetheisleofharris.com which now attract up to 50,000+ user sessions a week.
Also covering the Isles of Skye and Raasay is the news and information site theskyetimes.co.uk.
This is focused on providing daily news to these island communities. It has its own Facebook page and Twitter feed #theskyetimes
There are also Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for HEB Magazine. for The Skye Magazine and The Skye Times; for EVENTS; and for www.welovestornoway.com
How it all started
In 1999, journalist and editor Fred Silver created the first incarnation of Intermedia Services working from home in the Lewis village of Lower Bayble and set out to bridge perceived gaps between local information suppliers and consumers, through writing for websites, training for community newspaper staff and volunteers, along with creating publicity and providing articles to local, regional and national publications.
Major projects included the Eriskay Causeway Information Service which provided a constant flow of information about the building of the £10m causeway and the ferry link to Barra. Fred worked with and for Western Isles Enterprise, HITRANS, the Western Isles NHS Board, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and a variety of other community agencies.
ISSL takes over SignPrint
Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, owners of welovestornoway.com and publishers of EVENTS newspaper, HEB Magazine and a variety of other websites and publications has this month (Friday March 1st) taken over the business of SignPrint Ltd, which shares its headquarters in James Street, Stornoway.
This is intended to create a one-stop operation for customers who will be able to access a range of printing work, signs, design, web design, social media coverage, news and information through one reception area in Stornoway Media Centre at Church House.
SignPrint customers will now be getting their invoices from ISSL – and already under way is a programme of direct marketing to businesses in Stornoway, alerting them to the opportunities for printing and design work to be completed locally.
There will be a series of announcements over coming weeks as we re-organise the businesses and the office layout.
Stornoway Media Centre,
16 James Street,
Our other contact details remain the same -
Telephones: 01851 705671 - 01851 705743 - 01851 705749
At Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd we are committed to keeping your personal data safe and secure, and handling it in accordance with our legal obligations.
The business information contained in displays on our various on-line and printed publications is intended to serve our legitimate interests and those of our business and personal customers by publicising their work, services and products and how their own and would-be customers should contact them. The data we retain is intended for our legitimate purpose of running our business accounts and maintaining our services to our customers.
The information which is published as part of advertising or promotional work is used in good faith on behalf of these businesses.
However, in their advertisements some people may have used personal email addresses (or domestic postal addresses) which now fall under GDPR or related regulations (PECR). If you wish to change this information, or exclude this information, please contact us at
We will treat your data with respect and we will never sell your data to a third party.
Summary of our data protection principles
- We collect and use information about people fairly and lawfully, without unwarranted harm or intrusion into their private life.
- We don’t use the information for any other incompatible purposes – that is, beyond journalism or our advertising work on behalf of customers and clients.
- We ensure the information is adequate, relevant and not excessive for our purpose.
- We always aim to ensure as far as possible that any information is accurate and (where necessary) kept up-to-date.
- We don’t keep it for longer than necessary. If the data is used for accounting purposes and reasons relating to tax liability, these periods of time are laid down by HMRC and other laws and regulations and are beyond our control.
- We comply with individuals’ rights (eg to access or modify their information).
- We keep the information securely.
- The editor is regarded as the 'data controller'.