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Rothesay, Isle of Bute

The Isle of Bute - a great place to work


Port Bannatyne
Port Bannatyne

Traditionally, the main industries of Bute have been farming, fishing, fabrics, and tourism.

Farming remains important, and Bute is known for the high quality of its beef and lamb. It also used to be famous for the cheese once produced at the local creamery, sadly now closed.

The company, Bute Fabrics is renowned worldwide for the hard-wearing industrial quality material it outputs.


Tourism


Tourism has not been so easy with a rapid decline in visitor numbers since the heydays of Victorian times when Rothesay Bay was filled with visiting steamers "doon the Watter" from Glasgow.

The emergence of cheap package-holidays abroad had a lot to do with that, although it was a problem which affected many UK holiday resorts, not just Rothesay. Maybe the recent problems in the package holiday industry, such as high fuel prices and airlines going bump, will see a resurgence in visitor numbers.

Many local shops and businesses get by very well, but you sometimes feel that an influx of new residents and visitors would help the local economy overall.

Palm trees at Battery Place, Rothesay
Battery Place, Isle of Bute

One relatively new industry on the island is the telephone Call-Centre. This is a fine example of a business where location not important. In this digital age, it is industries such as this that will help give employment to local inhabitants.


Old Law Courts, Rothesay
Old Law Courts

Working Online


More and more people are working over the internet these days, and are a great source of potential residents. Such operators are also more likely to be able to take "working holidays", simply needing accommodation with broadband access and somewhere to plug in the laptop. It's becoming an essential requirement that hotels have such facilities these days, and this is an area that Rothesay is sure to be exploiting.


Incentives


Maybe special incentives could be offered to businesses in order to encourage them to rellocate to islands such as Bute. The government has given special-status to help regenerate certain areas of the UK in the past. Perhaps the same could be done for Bute and other Scottish islands.