Improving life locally
Funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise ‘Growth at the Edge’ project allowed Morven Gibson to take on the role of Local Development Officer identifying solutions to issues which would improve life locally by facilitating economic, social and environmental regeneration.
South West Mull & Iona Development was formally recognised as a company in 2015, helping the organisation to achieve its goals, and has seen the promotion of Morven to General Manager, while creating a further four new jobs for local people.
Community focused companies can often face the challenge of convincing people of their commercial drive.
Morven said: “We are ambitious in our mission to transform South West Mull and Iona and we can only do this by generating an income. We need to be business-minded so we can reinvest our profits into the community, ultimately creating more jobs and attracting more individuals and families of working age. Ensuring we have facilities and amenities that are attractive to local people and visitors is also a priority. Our belief is that this multi-faceted approach will help to reinvigorate the area.
“In order to be commercially savvy we must be innovative and entrepreneurial and we need other organisations and individuals to understand our mission. We want to be seen as an organisation whose main focus is our community and improving life locally and who achieve this by taking a business-like approach.”
Funding is a challenge for organisations like South West Mull and Iona Development and individuals must feel empowered in order exploit opportunities available to them.