Bressay Development Ltd is a not for profit & Company Ltd by Guarantee which runs the Speldiburn Cafe and Good As New Shop along with artist studios, art gallery and meeting venue at Speldiburn. We provide regular activities on Bressay, a regular newsletter to island households and we've begun to plant the Brough Loch Community Woodland on Bressay's east side.

The main aim of our organisation is to secure and sustain a vibrant future for Bressay, with an active, connected, thriving and resilient community.

Our objectives include retaining and supporting the existing population; improving and developing facilities on the Island; identifying and exploring funding opportunities for community activities on the island and strengthening the community bond.

Since its formation, BD Ltd has produced a quarterly newsletter ‘Weel Bressa, Whit News’, organised regular community skips for the collection of bulky household waste and held numerous social and fundraising events.

Since securing the lease of the former primary school in December 2015 and with grant assistance from the Climate Challenge Fund, Awards for All, CARES, Shetland Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

BD Ltd have worked hard to create and run a community hub which includes a café, creative studios and exhibition spaces, a good as new shop, a community library, and general use rooms available for hire.

Bressay Development Ltd is currently managed by ten volunteer directors and employs two part time development workers and part time café staff.

Inside About Us


Originally set up in January 2014 as Bressay Community Development Association, the group's intention was to address major challenges faced by the residents of Bressay including depopulation, an aging population, lack of on-island services and increasing ferry fare costs to the Shetland mainland.



Bressay Development Ltd exists to “Secure and sustain a vibrant future for Bressay, with an active, connected, thriving and resilient community”.


Current Projects

Bressay Development Ltd manages various short and long term projects dedicated to developing the community and attracting tourism. We are currently working on a bicycle hire scheme caravan site at the former Bressay Primary School which will be open from mid May 2017.



BD Ltd newsletters, reports and documents. We publish a newsletter roughly every quarter throughout the year. New newsletters are published here, but if you would like to receive one via email, please consider becoming a BDL member - membership is free and open to all Bressay residents over 16 years of age.


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