Since its tiny beginnings in 2013, welovestornoway.com has become a vital - even essential – part of the media across the Outer Hebrides.

From the start, it aimed to be wholly supportive of - and totally involved with - our local communities on the Western Isles. 

We had a policy from the start of being positive about news, looking on the hopeful side, celebrating achievements whenever that is possible.

We have developed and paid a network of correspondents and writers often based in different parts of the islands and the world…which has really come into its own with the coronavirus international news service. 

We also have a policy of being wholly supported by local advertising - or locally-related advertising  - which enabled us to offer the best possible deal to our tens of thousands of readers.

In the last year the number of regular users has risen immensely. In the month of March 2020, it was 43,406 - up from 26,886 in March 2019 - an increase of 62 per cent. 

Now with the coronavirus crisis, our news and information service is in demand like never before - one post was read 24,000 times!

However, the shutdown of the economy has savagely reduced our income, which was mostly from job advertising.

So we are looking at the basis of our business model.

We are asking for your opinion to be expressed. 

We want to know what you - our readers - think of a membership/supporters scheme.

All we want to know just now is whether you would support this concept.

In the future, once the economy recovers, any additional income would enable us to employ more reporting staff to cover local events even more fully. 

And this is what we would offer to you in return - as a bonus and reward for your support for welovestornoway.com.

 

Gold member/supporter

  • Free subscription to our Scottish Islands Explorer magazine (cover price £4.95) - which appears 6x a year
  • Free delivery of EVENTS newspaper direct to a postal address of your choice - that’s 12x a year
  • Free delivery of annual HEB Magazine to you.
  • A weekly specialised news digest emailed to you - contributions from our correspondents across the world. Covering news you wouldn’t normally hear about. 

This would be £10 a month by standing order or £100 a year by standing order or other direct payment.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to express your views. Subject line: Gold
This is just to express interest - it doesn’t commit you at all.

 

Silver member/supporter

  • Free subscription to our Scottish Islands Explorer magazine (cover price £4.95) - which appears 6x a year
  • Free delivery of EVENTS newspaper direct to a postal address of your choice - that’s 12x a year
  • Free delivery of annual HEB Magazine to you.

This would be £6 a month by standing order or £60 a year by standing order or other direct payment.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your views. Subject line: Silver
This is just to express interest - it doesn’t commit you at all.

 

Bronze member/supporter

  • Free subscription to our Scottish Islands Explorer magazine (cover price £4.95) - which appears 6x a year

This would be £30 a year by standing order or other direct payment.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your views. Subject line: Bronze
This is just to express interest - it doesn’t commit you at all.