Seeking a second batch of Bute ‘Vital Sparks’

Gillie Banks (standing) is one of the Vital Spark scheme's Rothesay social entrepreneurs.
Gillie Banks (standing) is one of the Vital Spark scheme's Rothesay social entrepreneurs.

The Vital Spark social enterprise support initiative on Bute is now open for a second round of applications from island residents with new business ideas.

The people behind the project are hoping to see more islanders join the five social entrepreneurs accepted on to the first round of the programme last year.

The five first-round applicants include traditional spinner and weaver Gillie Banks, whose work featured in The Buteman earlier this month.

The others are puppetteer Alison Clark, whose project is called Triple Aspect; Reece McNeill and Demi Kemp, who want to create a youth centre called The Hangout; and furniture restorer Lorna Williams of Tabula Rasa Bute, who specialises in ‘upcycling’ furniture destined for the skip and.

The programme, run by start up social enterprise agency Firstport with local support from InspirAlba, aims to help people in Argyll and the islands start up new social enterprises.

For more information on how to apply to the second round of the programme, click here.

More on the Vital Spark programme on Bute in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 25.