Background & Purpose
PA20 was born out of the difficult 2020-21 period when Covid-19 resulted in us all being suddenly constrained to our homes and the crucial tourism season on Bute was heavily impacted.
We experienced a community working together to keep essential services running, the vulnerable cared for, and local businesses supported to keep them afloat. We also saw how Bute became a refuge for many, with a strong uptick in housing sales.
As locals, we witnessed folks struggling to access information, people unaware of the level of support on offer and the wealth of services and products available from island-based suppliers. Social media became increasingly fragmented into smaller niche groups, with repetitive questions, concerns and arguments, and it became apparent that we were missing a single go-to place for reliable, up-to-date information for the residents and businesses of Bute.
Visitors to Bute are of course well-served by a selection of commercial and non-profit websites and social media influencers targeting particular demographics, particularly those planning holidays on Bute. But how to find an emergency plumber at 4am, or a definitive list of food shops that can deliver to a self-isolating or housebound person? Not so obvious.
Therefore our aim is to bring Everything Bute into a single, easy-to-operate website that is quick, works on everything from the most basic tablet or smartphone upwards, and delivers meaningful, well-curated information quickly. For Bute residents, Bute businesses, Bute visitors, in fact everyone with an interest in our bute-iful island!
Who Can Advertise Here?
Every entity based on Bute can have a detailed listing on our website at no charge. Be that a business, a community or civic service, a visitor attraction, a self-employed tradesperson, an event planner, whatever.
If it is something of potential interest to a Bute resident or a Bute visitor we will be happy to feature it for free. We will also feature certain off-island businesses that deliver key products or services to Bute where local provision currently falls short, but we will always favour local providers.
We may have already listed your business based on information in the public domain - if so, you can claim it, subject to verification checks, and manage all aspects of the listing yourself using our Dashboard.
If we’ve not listed you yet, it only takes a minute to register. And if you decide that you don't want to participate that's fine – just disable the listing and poof!.. you’re gone.
Isn't it Just Another Directory?
Yes. And no.
Yes – at its heart it’s a directory website, BUT we want to feature EVERYTHING that is of interest to residents of Bute and visitors to our lovely island. Free, fully detailed and functional listings will be available to everyone that wants one irrespective of willingness or ability to pay.
No – we will also be providing lots of real-time information, frequently-updated FAQs and articles, curated reviews, lists and much more. We will promote everything that is great about our island without any of the negativity evident in other media channels, and without ‘cherry-picking’ specific demographics.
Who Runs PA20?
PA20 is run by a Bute-based web developer PA20 Web Solutions with many years’ experience of promoting small businesses online.
This is the type of thing that we specialise in, and we want to give something back to our wonderful community here on Bute - the best way we know how!
Any questions?Drop us an email