Around a dozen Bute business owners attended a meeting in Rothesay this week to find out more about plans to launch the ‘Totally Locally’ initiative on the island.
The gathering was hosted by Cathie Palmer, owner of Calico Moon in the town’s East Princes Street, who is championing a proposal to make Bute the first island in the UK to participate in the project.
“Their message is that Totally Locally won’t fix your town, but you can,” Cathie said.
“It’s not a magic wand. You don’t just print some fliers and think it will all happen by itself, because it won’t. Totally Locally provides communities with a framework, but how you follow that framework is up to you.”
The Totally Locally initiative is already in place in almost 50 towns around the UK, including Helensburgh, Lanark, Dumfries and Burntisland, as well as two towns in Australia and on Waiheke Island in New Zealand.
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