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New fund aims to encourage people to shop locally by paying for support local businesses protect customers and staff against Covid-19


By Scott Maclennan

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MSP Maree Todd made the call for Highland businesses to bid for a slice of the Scotland Loves Local £1 million fund.
MSP Maree Todd made the call for Highland businesses to bid for a slice of the Scotland Loves Local £1 million fund.

Regional MSP Maree Todd has called on Highland businesses and projects to apply for a slice of the new Scotland Loves Local £1 million fund.

The Scottish Government initiative aims to encourage people to spend locally by enabling visitors and residents to safely shop, eat and relax within communities.

Grants ranging from £500 to £5000 will be handed out as part of the scheme for small scale improvements like protective screens, physical distancing markers, hand sanitising equipment and PPE.

Ultimately the government hopes that it will help motivate people to shop, eat and relax within their community while ensuring public health safety.

Ms Todd said: “We all have a role to play in Scotland’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s now more important than ever to consider shopping locally and supporting the brilliant local businesses here in the Highlands & Islands.

“The Scotland Loves Local campaign - which will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 - encourages people to think how they can safely support people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety.

“This £1 million fund, delivered by the Scottish Government, is an exciting opportunity for local projects and locally-based online businesses to support town centres and promote their local community.

"This new fund will be a real boost for communities across the Highlands & Islands.”



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