Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 8th February 2019

Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s weekly news round-up.  Thank you for reading it. If you have ideas on how we could make it more useful for you, we’d love to hear them. Please let us know by emailing

New way to showcase Argyll and Bute launched, a new website to promote living and working in Argyll and Bute, has been launched.

This builds on the very successful #abplace2b which is being used by the council, its partners and members of the public on social media to direct positive national and international attention to Argyll and Bute. brings together information someone wishing to move to Argyll and Bute would want to know. It has links to information on services, schools, jobs and things to do. It also offers local businesses and people the chance for promotion, by explaining why they have chosen to put down roots here.

Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Corporate Services, said: “It’s no secret that we need to encourage more people and jobs to Argyll and Bute. This is an opportunity for everyone to get behind a campaign to help us achieve this.

“We are in competition with many other areas, but I’m not simply biased in saying that we have so much more to offer. Argyll and Bute is an area we take great pride in because of its natural beauty, its welcoming communities and its award-winning businesses.

“This website is a place our organisations and businesses can use to promote themselves and the area. We are asking people to provide us with news, stories, photos and videos that can be uploaded to the site which will illustrate the many opportunities available here.

“As a council, we cannot do this on our own. Working together, we can build the prosperous future that Argyll and Bute deserves.”

The site will be developed as businesses and people get involved with it.

If you would like more information about or would like to be featured on the site, please contact: 

Did you know?

Every nine minutes police officers in Scotland respond to a call about domestic abuse. Read all about what they are doing to tackle this issue on the Police Scotland website.


Council prepares to bridge gap of £7.9million: Argyll and Bute Council has a budget gap of £7.9million to fill when it meets to set its budget on Thursday, February 21.

Hermitage becomes first school in Scotland to gain Investors in Young People: Hermitage Academy has become the first school in Scotland to gain national accreditation with Investors in Young People.

Kirn pupils help to strengthen German links: A group of 15 pupils from Kirn Primary School have recently returned from a successful exchange trip to Germany.

Safer Internet Day: Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and school pupils across Argyll and Bute took part in a number of activities to promote this year’s theme of consent online.

Lagavulin and Oban whisky reaches Westeros: We all know Argyll and Bute produces some of finest whisky in the land, and now two local distilleries are taking their work to the fictional world of Westeros.

A day in the life of a carer: Meet Julie-Anne McDermid. Julie-Anne is a support practitioner with Carrgomm in Argyll and Bute, providing support to those who need it.


Houses in multiple occupation: A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 (unrelated) people who share facilities such as the bathroom or kitchen. We would like to hear your views on what issues will be considered when assessing applications for HMO licences and planning permission

Work with us

It’s might have been a cold, blustery week but there’s something nice about wrapping up warm and getting out in the crisp clean air – especially if you’re next to the sea. With 3000km of coastline, you’re never far from water in Argyll and Bute. If that floats your boat, it might be the ideal place for you. We need people with skills in admin, catering, gardening, social work, teaching, and building services. Find out about these, and other roles, at MyJob Scotland.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 15 February 2019.