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Projects in the Inverness area gain new cash boost – Visit Inverness Loch Ness, Nairn Connects BID and Inverness BID have all benefited from a share of £1.5 million from the Scotland Loves Local Fund


By Ian Duncan

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Scotland's Towns Partnership Chief Officer Phil Prentice and minister for community wealth Tom Arthur hope the grants will spur on schemes.
Scotland's Towns Partnership Chief Officer Phil Prentice and minister for community wealth Tom Arthur hope the grants will spur on schemes.

Three projects in the Inverness area have benefited from a share of £1.5 million from the Scotland Loves Local Fund.

The Scottish Government’s community wealth minister Tom Arthur hopes the grants will spur on schemes by unlocking innovation and action which will make cities, towns and neighbourhoods stronger.

Visit Inverness Loch Ness, which covers an area of 500 sq miles, received £10,000 to put up 60 Love Local, Choose Local banners at entrances to nine towns and villages, as well as a main traffic route into the Highland capital.

The initiative aimed to promote local businesses, activities and attractions included the renewal of six interpretation panels to promote the South Loch Ness Trail.

Nairn Connects BID also received £10,000 for the installation of three power points in the town’s High Street to enable street traders or performers to access electricity.

In addition, it covered a waterproof sail structure in Castle Square to allow pop-up stalls, small markets, displays, exhibitions and performances to more easily take place.

Inverness BID received £10,000 for a Christmas-related initiative and social media campaign for a city centre food and drink guide which celebrated independent businesses and shops where visitors could stay, eat and play.

Mr Arthur said: “The Scottish Government is supporting our communities to deliver renewed local prosperity.

“I hope these grants will help spur on many of the projects which are vital to unlocking the innovation and action which will make our towns and neighbourhoods stronger.”

He said these grants were part of Scottish Government measures to create a fairer, healthier, greener, inclusive and more sustainable economic recovery.


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