A SCOTS present card initiative has helped a small Bute present store keep afloat throughout its first winter.
Merely Buteiful in Rothesay is one in all over 300 companies who’re a part of the Scotland Loves Native Argyll and Bute Reward Card initiative, with over £2,300 spent on the small native store thus far.
Argyll and Bute Council distributed £120 Argyll and Bute Reward Playing cards to over 6000 low-income households in December 2022, an initiative that has helped native companies to outlive.
Rachel McGinlay served within the police drive in Coventry for 28 years earlier than shifting to the Isle of Bute to be nearer to household, taking on Merely Buteiful in October 2022.
Rachel stated: “Island companies are very reliant on vacationers. Earnings generated over the summer time is normally what sustains the enterprise within the leaner months.
“In my first winter, I wasn’t positive what to anticipate and I’ve so appreciated the help I’ve had from locals.
“The Argyll and Bute Reward Card going out was simply incredible because it gave individuals the chance to come back in and deal with themselves to something from a set of glasses to a throw or a e book.”
Councillor Alistair Redman, coverage lead for financial system development and communities stated: “After a difficult few years for native companies, it’s nice to see the present card making a distinction throughout Argyll and Bute and serving to to help the native financial system.
“Not solely does the cardboard assist companies, it additionally helps native employment.”
The Scotland Loves Native Reward Card initiative was launched in 2021 as a method to direct spend to native communities, and energy financial restoration, delivered by Scotland’s City Partnership (STP) and Perth primarily based fintech Miconex.