South Uist's Hebridean Jewellery sold to its employees
A jewellery maker on the Western Isles has been taken over by its employees.
John Hart, who set up Hebridean Jewellery in 1974, said the deal secured the future of about 14 jobs.
The staff plan to expand the business by significantly increasing internet sales - with the USA being a key target market.
Hebridean Jewellery has a manufacturing base on South Uist and shops in Stornoway on Lewis and in Portree on Skye.
Many of the workers involved have worked for the firm for more than 20 years.
Mr Hart said: "After 35 years we were ready for retirement, however, we wanted to see the company sustained in the local community and to continue prospering.
"We are delighted that the business is now owned by our former employees as it could not be in better hands."
Scottish Enterprise subsidiary Co-operative Development Scotland, Baxi Partnership and Highlands and Islands Enterprise helped in the hand over of the business to its staff.