Fyne Futures is a registered charity, since 2004. Our purpose is to Inspire, Educate and Empower people to take Action and achieve Sustainable rural living.
Fyne Futures will accept and collect items that are in reasonable condition and bring the sparkle back making them available for resale at great prices!
Over 90 tonnes of household goods go to landfill from Isle of Bute each year – which is bad for the environment. Donating and buying reused goods is a great way to help our environment. Feeding the dump costs us all in landfill tax and waste management bills – which is bad for our local economy. Donating and buying reused goods delivers great benefits for our island’s economy. And reuse isn’t just good for the environment and our purse, it also support local skills development and employment.
Fyne Futures supports volunteers looking to get back to work with training in retail and customer service knowledge and skills. We use revenue from reuse and seek funding to support work-based training opportunities and, where sustainable, create jobs. Interested in finding out more? We’re recruiting!
The annual Social Enterprise Awards were presented, recognising excellence and highlighting the range of community, environmental, economic and social benefits being delivered by enterprises across the area.
Social Enterprise of the Year was awarded to Fyne Futures, recognising their strong commitment to community regeneration through environmental activities and their ability to diversify and grow their activities to deliver their charitable objectives. The company has grown from a trading income of just over £72k in 2005/6 to over £221k in 2012/13, having diversified and grown their activities in response to community needs and their charitable objectives. Their services and products have evolved from recycling operations to now also include; Furniture Reuse, Local Produce, Car Club and Home energy efficiency. The Company undertook a strategic review following a challenging year in 2012/13, reviewing the management structure and developed an effective management and staffing structure for the long term development and sustainability of Fyne Futures, supported by their board. The consolidation of distinct projects in to a cohesive social enterprise, whilst maintaining local and nationally recognised brands has been a key achievement this year. The development of a community engagement strategy and digital marketing activities have also been key developments this year assisting the company to achieve a modest profit despite difficult trading conditions. This along with a year long programme of change management has enabled Fyne Futures to develop as a fitter and more resilient social enterprise, employing 16 people in Bute with a strong commitment to employment training and volunteering.
Social Enterprise Leader of the Year was awarded to Brian Swinbanks – Tobermory Harbour Association, recognising his vision 30 years ago of a better Tobermory Bay and his ongoing commitment and dedication which has resulted in the great Company and facilities that play a vital role in the economy and social fabric of Tobermory both on land and at sea. The Tobermory Harbour Association was a driving force in re-organising the moorings and anchorage areas, getting the infill at Ledaig where we now have a large public car park (reclaimed from the sea and serving the range of businesses and services in the village), a wonderful harbour building, pontoons (up to 45 visitor berths) and a string of visitor moorings. The Harbour building was a huge project officially opened for us by HRH the Princess Royal in 2009. The building has 6 letting offices for small business, facilities for visitors and a Marine Visitor Centre opened by THA in 2013 to educate, inform and entertain young and old. Brian’s ability to maintain enthusiasm and commitment to regeneration in Tobermory, through challenges and successes has remained undaunted and he continues to support the work of Tobermory Harbour Association.
New Social Enterprise of the Year, Oban Phoenix Cinema, who, through strong support from the community and hard work from a strong team were able to secure funding and purchase the Cinema as a community asset in 2011, refurbishing the main core cinema facilities including cinema one to open for business in August 2012. From the outset, there has been a strong commitment to delivering a community run programme and feedback from the community has been hugely supportive. Oban Phoenix Cinema has achieved attendances that match the highest averages and percentiles for cinema attendance in the UK. Attendance in the first year of opening achieved over 50,000 paying customers with the space developed within the Cinema being utilised to capacity. Having had a significant focus on the purchase and refurbishment to deliver a high quality Community Cinema, the board reviewed their strategic direction in 2013 to ensure ongoing growth and development and are now working towards their ongoing growth plan.
ABSEN – annual conference and Dragons Den was held earlier this week in Inveraray with 79 delegates attending the conference over the 2 days. The event provided a great opportunity for networking and learning, with worskhops on the third sector partnership, single outcome agreement, public diplomacy, social media, procurement, marketing, to name but a few. The Annual Dragons Den had 8 brave entries and winners were:
For more information, contact: Bill Stewart, ABSEN: email@example.com
Fantastic news for Bute Produce!
Bute Produce, officially opened September 2009, as a healthy eating initiative with environmental aims of reducing food miles. This was one of the first projects that Towards Zero Carbon Bute supported with Climate Challenge Fund monies. The current project was successful in gaining Argyll & Islands European Leader and Highland & Island Enterprise support, May 2011, to focus on developing our 6-acre site into to a market garden and delivering employability skills for long term unemployed and young people. Bute Produce now has a ‘Veg Shack‘ on site as well as our Green Box Delivery Scheme and offering a bespoke box service. This project ended September 2013. We also own and manage ‘Jenny‘ a 6kw wind turbine at the Site, which provides a small additional income stream.
Today Fyne Futures Bute Produce has received £60,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Bute Heritage Horticultural Training Centre and Seed Bank, on Isle of Bute. The project will explore the rich history of Bute potatoes, develop a growing area for Bute heritage varieties, and providing training and learning opportunities to increase our understanding of heritage horticulture skills.
The project will enable local school children to be involved as researchers, and have the opportunity to get involved in more practical activities. Volunteers will be able to exchange knowledge and receive practical training in the art of seed banking. The project secure one full time position at Bute Produce and supports creation of 4 work based training opportunities.
Reeni Kennedy-Boyle, General Manager of Fyne Futures says “It is a great opportunity for Bute Produce to develop further as a training centre for horticulture. We have supported many volunteers and employability trainees since opening, this project will take us to a new level by offering volunteering opportunities and work-based training that leads to recognised accredited qualifications.”
Commenting on the award Ronnie Armstrong, Senior Horticulturist at Bute Produce is “I am really excited to be leading this heritage project, particularly learning about harvesting seeds to build stock of a local Potato variety that is extremely rare – Bute Blues.”
Colin McLean, Head of HLF Scotland said “This is an engaging project which will actively involve people in our natural heritage. Volunteers will have great fun while learning about Bute potatoes, their role in our biodiversity and how we can make sure they exist for future generations. HLF is delighted to be able to help people connect with the natural world.”
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. To date it has invested over £500 million in Scotland’s heritage. Website: www.hlf.org.uk