Enterprise and jobs ‘should be top Bute priority’

Enterprise and the economy - and tourism in particular - should be the top priority for improving Bute, a survey has found.
Enterprise and the economy - and tourism in particular - should be the top priority for improving Bute, a survey has found.

Enterprise and employment - and in particular improving tourism on Bute - should be the top priorities for the development of the island, according to the results of a new survey.

An online questionnaire put together by Rothesay’s ‘Alliance for Action’ - a grouping of council officials, business owners and community representatives - found that of 193 responses, 77 believed that enterprise and employment was the most important of six themes relating to the island’s future - the others being developing Bute as a thriving community (which 39 people said was most important), working together to improve Bute (24), young people (22), ‘unique Rothesay and Bute’ (15), and Rothesay’s public realm (13).

On the question ‘what can be done to improve enterprise and employment in Rothesay and on Bute?’, 60 people said developing Bute’s tourism should be the top priority, ahead of creating more jobs (52 people), more support for the self-employed and sole traders (41), developing a ‘we are all in this together’ approach (28) and developing the local food offering (10).

More on the results of the survey in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, January 21.