Rothesay restaurant could be savings model for Bute businesses

Ann and Tim Saul, owners of Brechin's on Bridgend Street.
Ann and Tim Saul, owners of Brechin's on Bridgend Street.

Businesses on Bute are being encouraged to make the most of a project being run by the island’s advice centre - in the hope they might follow in the footsteps of the Rothesay restaurant owners who have cut their utility bills by £2,000 in the space of a year.

Tim and Ann Saul have embraced a series of energy-saving - and money-saving measures at Brechin’s on Bridgend Street, including installing low-energy LED lamps, thermostatic valves on individual radiators and changing to a different business water supplier.

They provide a model which Bute Advice Centre is hoping to use to promote the services it’s offering in a partnership project with Resource Efficiency Scotland, auditing local businesses’ energy use and suggesting ways they could reduce their expenditure.

Tim said: “We’ve saved a lot through several small changes which all add up in the course of a year.”

Charlie Fryars, the chairman of the centre’s committee of management, said: “This project is the first time we’ve worked with the business community on the island.

“The aim of this project is the same as our aim when working with any individual - to improve the efficiency with which they work and to improve their income so there’s more money being spent on the island.”

* Read the full story in the March 18 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.