John Weir, Bute BID

John Weir, Bute BID

How have you (your business) gone the extra mile during lockdown or post-lockdown?

Well our bid has not been able to go ahead as planned, but we’ve still continued to work by keeping businesses informed with daily information from the Scottish Government and Chamber of Commerce’s. Although the funding has stopped we’re still working away with the town centre and have created an alfresco area on Montague Street where customers can enjoy products from all businesses.

What have you missed most about not being open over the last three months?

Missing the contact and engagement from people and understanding exactly what it is they want. It’s been frustrating not being able to implement it, really frustrating.

What have you learned about your community during this time?

They’re desperate for something like the new initiative to happen. People have come together and shown there is real strength in the community and that they want things to happen.

What do you love most about living and working here?

I’ve only lived here for two years but I found that it’s really a beautiful island with such great opportunity and some challenges. People are responding and the enthusiasm is there.

Any special stories about someone or a business in your area that has gone that extra mile during lockdown that makes you smile?

It’s difficult to single anyone out as there are so many - the local bakery, the butchers, the taxi’s and the Bute Resilient Team. They’ve all just stayed with it.

Your favourite hidden secret spot or activity in Argyll and the Isles?

Here I say there are seven beaches for seven days, some of my favourites are Scalpsie Bay where you get the best view of Arran. Ettrick Bay which is great for walking with the family or dogs and Ascog, on a sunny day you can see the seals basking on the rocks.

Three words to sum up how you're feeling now that we're out of lockdown?

Excited by the challenge