Rothesay Business Infrastructure and Market Need Study For the Bute Island Alliance
In 2016, Context Economic and Social Research completed an important research study to support the revival of Rothesay and the Isle of Bute. Building on the Remaking Rothesay Charrette, and one of the first commissioned assignments by the newly formed Bute Island Alliance, the review mapped the current provision of sites and premises and married this with current and future demand for space from businesses on and off the island. The study was able to gather intelligence at a very local level and go well beyond the depth possible from official sources. The research identified an entrepreneurial culture on the island and a level of ambition not previously known or widely acknowledged. The report makes a series of recommendations to be taken forward by the Bute Island Alliance – in relation to business needs for sites and premises but also in relation to their softer support and training and development requirement.
The Bute Island Alliance is a community-led body which formed following a Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) Alliance for Action initiative, which is supported by key public bodies including Argyll and Bute Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
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(The study was assessing community and business demand for faster broadband.)
“Through the Rothesay Business Needs study Context Economics have delivered a much needed evidence base on which to develop community aspirations for the town and the island. The report fulfilled all of the requirements of our brief for a hyperlocal study of the Bute business environment and more, and really got to the heart of what is needed for the regeneration of the town. It’s a first-class report”.