Argyll and Bute new policy guidance on advertising and signage

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning service has prepared new policy guidance on advertising and signage. This revised guidance was approved for public consultation at the November meeting of the Council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee.
A copy of the policy document is  available to view or download from the Council’s web-site here:
The public consultation runs from Friday 2nd December 2016 until Friday 6th January 2017.
All comments should be submitted by e-mail to:
If you wish to submit comments in writing these should be sent to:
Argyll and Bute Council
Development Policy
1A Manse Brae
PA31 8RD
Please pass details of this consultation on to anyone you know in the business/tourism/leisure sectors who may have an interest in advertising and/or signage within our towns, villages and countryside.

What is Social Enterprise workshop : Oban : 8 Dec 2016

Just Enterprise : Oban : Thursday, December 8th 2016 11:00am

This workshop will:
• Go through what social enterprise actually means
• Consider what makes a business a social enterprise
• Outline the different legal structures that a social enterprise may uset
• Provide examples of social enterprise activity in Scotland

After this event you will have a better understanding of whether your idea is suited to being a social enterprise and whether you wish to be a social entrepreneur. You will also understand the range of skills, knowledge and aptitudes needed to run an effective social enterprise.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet a Just Enterprise Start Up Advisor and network with other budding social entrepreneurs, share experiences, ask questions, get tips and more!

CHARTS – Argyll and Bute Place partnership meeting – Oban

CHARTS is for everyone who is involved in any way in our local culture, arts, and heritage – from the professionals across the board to volunteers and community groups.
Theatre, museums, history groups, creative artists, crafters, language, arts, writers, you name it, we are all involved.

While the language is somewhat grand, the aim is simple – to have a means to work together, to network together, to raise the awareness of each other between ourselves and to the outside world – locals, tourists, accommodation you name it. Also to create projects that support our culture, arts and heritage in Argyll and Bute, which includes us all.

It would be good if people can come to this meeting .. and have your say, learn what is happening, and be a part.


Dear all,

It has been almost exactly a year since we last met. Progress has been made since then, thanks to a huge amount of work in the background, but I am of the view that only now have I something tangible to report on and get your input.
So, could you put the evening of Thursday the 10th November into your diaries, at the Rockfield Centre, Oban.
In summary:
  • The award of £200,000 (matchable) for the Place Partnership has been formalised with Creative Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council.
  • In support of this, there is a detailed Place Partnership Plan with a full list of activities to be delivered by the project.
  • The CHArts Steering Group, which I now chair, has been meeting regularly to develop this Plan, along with making a start on arrangements for:
    • a SCIO;
    • other funding partners; and,
    • the recruitment of project delivery personnel.
At its highest level, the Place Partnership Plan has the following objectives:
1. Capacity Building: Create a sustainable CHArts organisational structure able to deliver the agreed activities and actions.
2. Data Gathering & Mapping: All culture, heritage and arts practitioners, sites and venues are to be identified and mapped.
3. Identity & Visibility: Develop a consistent and attractive identity and brand recognisable to residents, visitors and partners.
4. Access: Ensure that audiences, customers, partners, and sponsors have both the physical and digital means to access information, attend events, and purchase products.
5. Collaborative Delivery: Develop a programme of strategic activities and events which will add value by enabling joint working between themes, individuals and organisations.
Hope to see you on the 10th November, but in the meantime you are welcome to contact me for more information.
With kind regards,
David Price
CHArts Oban and Lorn Hub representative
Chair – CHArts Steering Group
01866 833455

Potential Craft Cooperative shop in Oban – are you interested

A small group of local crafters have made some preliminary investigations into renting a shop in Oban to run as a Craft Cooperative / Collaborative.The idea is for as many crafts people as interested to work together to run it and sell our products. Please fill in this short survey so they can understand how many people are seriously interested and want to join in.

Creative Mentor : Craft Scotland

Are you a creative business who has been trading at least two years?
Would you benefit from having a mentor?
Flourish Mentoring offers participants four meetings with an established creative mentor over a period of six months, providing valuable support with your business model, processes and future plans
Mentoring Opportunity: Flourish
Deadline: 04/05/2016
Location: Scotland
Phone: 0333 999 7989
The second of four open calls for Flourish Mentoring is open for applications.
This round offers the opportunity to be mentored by Fiona Smyth of TotsBots, Lewis Heath of RHA Audio and Graham Wilson of Johnstons of Elgin.
Are you a creative business who has been trading at least two years? Would you benefit from having a mentor?
Flourish Mentoring offers participants four meetings with an established creative mentor over a period of six months, providing valuable support with your business model, processes and future plans. Like the original Flourish Programme, the Cultural Enterprise Office mentors come from all corners of the creative industries including publishing, filmmaking software, product design and textiles and know what it is like to run a business in the creative industries.
Apply for this round of Flourish Mentoring by 5pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016.
For more information and details of how to apply please visit Cultural Enterprise Office.

“How to reach more customers” workshop Oban 14th April 2016

Business Gateway are running “How to reach more customers” a workshop specifically for craft businesses that are looking to develop their business in Oban (14 April) and Dunoon (21 April).
The workshop will help you develop and reach more customers profitably, increasing the scale of your business and widen your markets. It covers understanding your market and competitors, pricing, choosing where to sell, using social media, making an impact at craft fairs, building networks and collaborating with other craft businesses.
Feedback for this workshop has been great. Attendees find the workshop very informative, full of advice and information, lots of tips on how to promote your business and increase sales, plenty of opportunities to interact and ask questions and a great chance to network with other crafters.
Jack Redpath of Redpath Marketing will be delivering this workshop for us. Jack has 30 years’ experience of working with small businesses, focusing on helping them create suitable marketing strategies to develop and grow.
If you would like to attend this workshop please contact the Business Gateway team on 01546 604555 or email or you can book online at

Investment Readiness Workshop

Investment Readiness Workshop in Oban on 10th December 2015
12.30 – 4.00 p.m.

If you’re a charity, social enterprise, or community group, then this workshop is for you. We’ll provide you with everything you need to know about social investment, from what social investment is, to the importance of business planning, to the benefits of investment compared to grants. Whether you’re just starting out on your social enterprise journey or preparing for investment, be sure to book your place and join us.

The Investment Readiness Workshops are designed to have a very practical feel. We’ll be aiming to demystify social investment as we look at how charities, social enterprises and community groups can make good use of it.

These afternoon sessions examine how enterprises can access investment, the importance of business planning and the typical costs of borrowing. Delivered by SIS’s Roger Moors, you’ll hear it from someone who has not only established enterprises himself but also borrowed social investment to do it.

So whether you want to understand more about appropriate legal structures, how investment compares to grants, or why social impact is really important, these workshops are for you.

Carol O Design – beautiful Valentine’s silk scarf contest

Be My Valentine

WIN this unique and beautiful hand painted scarf for you or a loved one for Valentine’s Day ..
Carol O Design is running a Valentine’s Day contest to win this hand painted red silk scarf she made recently (worth £15).
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to
1) Like her page.
2) Like the facebook post
3) Share the facebook post
Free UK postage, and she is very happy to send this overseas BUT you probably would not get it for Valentine’s Day itself.
This is a beautiful Haboti 8 silk scarf; 132 cm by 20 cm soft and lustrous.
The winner will be selected at random late evening on Sunday 8th February 2015
Good Luck – Get Liking and Get Sharing ..

Great Western Crafters and Producers Market starts again 8th Feb 2015

This Sunday at the Special Valentines Gift & Craft Fair

full details on the facebook page

This month they also have 2 new kids on the block 
SCENTSATIONS – Soaps to have you smelling delicious for your Valentine wink emoticon
JMWL – Gorgeous Jewellery & Gifts

PARADISE KITCHEN: Planning to make a lovely meal for your Valentine? How about finishing with some Cheese and Chutney? Or are you making your loved one a special Valentines Breakfast? Well at Paradise Kitchen you will find delicious Jams & Chutneys to make those extra special finishing touches

ORIANA’S JEWELLERY: Gorgeous Swarovski Crystal & Venetian Glass Jewellery all on 925 Sterling Silver Chains. Treat that someone special to a lovely piece or even just treat yourself.

AILEEN MILLER CUDDLY TOYS: Treat that someone special to one of these gorgeous little characters.

OBAN CREATIONS 4 OCCASIONS: How about something TOTALLY different this year for your Valentine. A gorgeous Balloon filled with a Gift, Sweets, Wine? Fiona also makes amazing Nappy Cakes and Jewellery.

MADALEIN MACSHEEP: Magdalena makes amazing and gorgeous Jewellery using a technique called Soutache. It involves braiding and beading together to give amazing results.

HARRIS TWEED BAGS: The ultimate Fashion accessory. Gorgeous handmade Harris Tweed Handbags. No Lady can be without one! Treat your Valentine to something different this Valentines Day.

OBAN BUTTERFLY CRAFTS: Cards for all occasions & special gifts. When you buy a handmade card for that someone special, it will be made with love and unique.

BEKNIX JEWELLERY: Lovely Unique Beaded Jewellery. Hairbands, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces. There is so much to choose from for your Valentine you will be spoilt for choice at Beknix stall

HAZEL MADE IT: Gorgeous Hats, Scrafs, Pictures and other gifts made from Felt by Hazel. Treat you Valentine to something that its different and trendy at the same time.

CHARMED AGAIN: Gorgeous Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Wine Glass Charms & Car Charms are just some of Charmed Again’s lovely gifts. Some items can even be personalised to give your Valentine a unique gift.