Self-employment represents an attractive option, allowing people to stay in a community they love and take control of their own careers, according to one Ullapool business owner.
Fenella Renwick set up The Seafood Shack with fellow village resident Kirsty Scobie, selling locally caught and landed seafood in the centre of the popular West Coast tourist destination.
The pair have put their experience in catering and the fishing industry to use in turning the enterprise, based in a trailer, into a successful venture.
Fenella believes their reasons for choosing to be their own bosses were similar to those of many others in the area.
She said: “We both wanted to stay in Ullapool. We also felt there was an opening in the market and we wanted to try it.
“I think people here are trying to get on their own two feet and get their own businesses running.
“There’s a lot of employment here, but I think people are making their own choices and taking control of their own careers.
“It’s a great place to live and work in.”