Rhona, Isle of Bute Gin
How have you (your business) gone the extra mile during lockdown or post-lockdown?
We switched up our business model by introducing sanitisers into production. The first few batches we made were free and then for every bottle bought we donated another. All in, we donated over 2,000 bottles of sanitiser to the community and further afield.
What have you missed most about not being open over the last three months?
At the start of this year, we got the keys for the new premises in Bute but of course due to lockdown we weren’t able to get in. It was really frustrating for us as we just wanting to get going with our new adventure. On the positive side, it gave us a chance to review our business plan going forward.
What have you learned about your community during this time?
Personally, I don’t think you can find a stronger community spirit than Bute. People really rally round and help where ever possible. We got a fantastic response from the local community once we were able to open our gin garden, much more than we had initially anticipated.
What do you love most about living and working here?
I actually live in Glasgow but from working here I love the relaxed way of life, there’s a real good work/life balance and you don’t get stuck in traffic the same way you do in the city centre!
Any special stories about someone or a business in your area that has gone that extra mile during lockdown that makes you smile?
As mentioned, there was a real surge in community groups since lockdown. A local volunteer, Rima from The Bute Dinner, designed and made great protective masks.
Your favourite hidden secret spot or activity in Argyll and the Isles?
I work on the Visit Bute board and feel like Bute is a secret spot within itself, but a favourite spot of mine is Ettrick Bay, it’s one of the most stunning beaches.
Three words to sum up how you're feeling now that we're out of lockdown?
Relieved, excited, grateful.