Argyll and Bute offers an excellent work-life balance. Unemployment rates are below the national average and self-employment rates are above the Scottish average.
The key sectors of our economy include renewable energy manufacturing and generation, marine sciences, marine services, quality food and drink including agriculture and aquaculture, tourism, creative industries including film and forestry. The public sector organisations operating across Argyll offer opportunities in a range of fields including public administration, education, health and the emergency services.
Discover more about working in Argyll and Bute in our jobs section and read about some of the people who have chosen to develop their careers in Argyll and Bute, below.
Natasha Finlay has lived in Argyll and Bute all her life and is a fantastic example of how you don’t have to move to the city to have an exciting career.
Her role with the council includes offering a “One Stop Shop” film location service to production companies and freelance film makers coming to shoot within the Argyll and Bute area. Some of the films that have recently made their way to the area include blockbuster Jurassic World and Netflix’s The Outlaw King.
Natasha ensures that all film companies receive free, confidential advice and information on filming, landownership details, facilitating road closures and the promotion/marketing of Argyll and Bute as a film friendly area. The service works closely with Creative Scotland, The Scottish Locations Network and Highland Film Commission. She adds: “In addition to this, I also provide graphic design and technical support (infographics, logos, brochures, websites) for council projects and associated documents.”
The best thing about Argyll and Bute for me is that it feels like home. There are many other benefits, such as the landscape and scenery on your doorstep, the safeness of the communities and when it’s sunny – you could literally be anywhere in the world!
When asked what she loves about where she lives, Natasha says: “The best thing about Argyll and Bute for me is that it feels like home. There are many other benefits, such as the landscape and scenery on your doorstep, the safeness of the communities and when it’s sunny – you could literally be anywhere in the world!
“In my spare time I do a bit of freelance graphic design for logos, wedding stationery and websites. At weekends I usually enjoy spending time with my partner, family and friends which sometimes involves a glass of prosecco, Netflix, eating out – I enjoy a trip to the Chinese restaurant or chippy. When I am not in Argyll and Bute for the weekend, I enjoy jumping on the plane from Campbeltown and having a few days in Glasgow shopping.”