The first steps towards bringing the worldwide ‘Totally Locally’ initiative to Bute will be taken at a meeting in Rothesay next month.
Local independent businesses have been invited to discuss the idea at The Coffee Stop in the High Street on Monday, March 10 at 5.30pm.
The meeting has been called by businesswoman Cathie Palmer, who runs Calico Moon in the town’s East Princes Street, and comes after the idea was floated during a visit to Bute by Michael Moore MP, then the secretary of state for Scotland, in February 2013.
“If it works Bute will be the first island in the UK to take up the Totally Locally initiative,” Cathie said, “though an island in New Zealand has tried it and I’ve been in touch with the person running the scheme there to find out more.
“The first meeting will really be about explaining what the initiative is, but it’s worth saying that it’s not just about shops - any independent business can be part of it.”
Four communities in Scotland -Dumfries, Helensbugh, Lanark and Burntisland - are among more than 50 across the UK taking part in the initiative.