Donald Melville, Business Advisor, Development and Infrastructure Services

Donald Melville on a pebble beach with water behind him

How does your role with the council help people across Argyll and Bute?

In the Business Gateway team, we offer free support and guidance to existing businesses as well as people thinking about venturing into self-employment.

I work with businesses confidentially on a one- to- one basis to help them develop. I can also link them up with specialist advisers, suggest various funding sources, and direct them to a wide range of useful webinars, guides, contacts and information sources.

We also help guide people who are setting up for the first time and maybe don’t know where to start.

Describe your view just now?

From my upstairs ‘office’ window on Easdale Island, I look across to the islands of Insh and Mull and further up, the hills of the Morvern peninsula.

A short walk to the top of the hill on the island gives a 360 degree breath-taking panoramic view. A beautiful location and ideally placed for venturing out on the water.

How long have you worked for the council?

I have been with Argyll and Bute Council for 8 years now.

Best thing about working with your team?

We all believe that what we do is important and makes a difference to the clients we work with.

How do you relax?

I love getting out on our boat and exploring the wee bays and hidden coves that many don’t even realise are there.

I love cycling and playing with my 11 month old, first grandchild, Ayla.

I’ve also been involved with the Word Stone Skimming Championships on our wee island here. I’m not sure just how ‘relaxing’ it is but it has taken up a lot of my spare time over the last 24 years!

Favourite place to visit in Argyll and Bute?

All of our islands, especially the uninhabited ones you can only get to on your own boat; the extra effort is so worth it!

Donald Melville on a pebble beach with water behind him