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Buy Bute is a new initiative to encourage people to shop locally on Bute. It is a low-tech, easy to use loyalty card scheme with wallet-sized cards that can be used in any participating Bute shop.


The scheme will be piloted before Christmas 2023 and if deemed successful by participating businesses will carry on into 2024.


Here’s how it works:

  • Shoppers who spend at least £5 in a participating shop will have their card stamped by the retailer.

  • Once they collect 10 stamps they can then write their contact details on the back of the card and post it into the Buy Bute Collection Box at the BID office at 77 Victoria Street, Rothesay.

  • On the 20th of the month a draw will be held and the winner will receive £50 in vouchers that can only be spent in local participating businesses.


There will be no charge to participating shops and the BID will supply all materials required.


The scheme is aimed initially at local retailers but if successful may be extended. Levy Payers can email us at to request participation packs to join the scheme.

Meet the New BID Manager

The Bute Business Improvement District (BBID) was delighted to appoint Dorothy McDonald to the job of Bute BID Manager. Dorothy will manage the position on a part-time basis, bringing a wealth of experience to the role. Her varied career has seen her working alongside a wide range of individuals and organisations in the public, private and third sectors across Scotland. This, combined with her knowledge and insight into what makes this island successful, makes her appointment within the Bute BID invaluable.

‘I am delighted to be the new BID Manager and I’m very much looking forward to assisting the BID Board on more projects and making a tangible reality of the outcomes set within the original BID Business Plan’.

Dorothy can be reached by Levy Payers on her email at, and is happy to meet with Levy Payers by appointment booked via

Bute BID is a not-for-profit limited company, positively working on behalf of our island wide BID Levy Payers. The Bute BID will run for 5 years from October 2021 until October 2026. The overall BID goal is to work creatively alongside the many invested partners of Bute to build, improve & offer opportunities to make our island the BEST it should be. Using the relationships formed with Argyll & Bute Council, our local Councillors, Visit Scotland, The Argyle and the Isles Tourism Co-operative as well as our island wide business community,  we will push as many improvements and events as we can. The Bute BID Board give their time and effort on a voluntary and unpaid basis.  Their passion like yours, for this island means that they will strive to keep Bute as a positive and chosen destination to work, live and visit.

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