Bute’s businesses need to get behind VisitBute. That’s the message from Nina Graham, the woman who held the position of Local Development Officer for Bute until last month.
Nina was appointed in the role back in June 2012, funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and based at Visit Bute, to take forward the community development plan which had been coordinated by her predecessor Ciara Wilson.
Speaking to The Buteman last week, Nina said: “We need greater civic pride. The work done by the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the council’s workmen at the promenade gardens, Port Bannatyne, the orchard at Kilchattan Bay etc., has done much to improve the island but despite all that, more needs to be done.
“The businesses have to get behind VisitBute, the strength of the company is in the directors.
“If the three directors [Sophie Reid, Barbara Lynn and James McMillan] aren’t being supported, you don’t have a leg to stand on.”
Nina also spoke of her disappointment with some ventures which didn’t go as planned, such as transforming vacant retail spaces in the town.
“ I found it hard to identify who the owners of these empty units are, never mind trying to arrange agreements about their use in the future. That was most definitely a challenge.”