A number of small organisations and businesses based throughout Dumfries and Galloway were awarded as High Street Heroes in the “Scotland Loves Local” campaign last week (3 November) for stepping up during the coronavirus pandemic and demonstrating innovation, resilience, a welcoming manner and a safe environment.
Scotland Loves Local is a Scotland-wide campaign, funded by Scottish Government, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Grocers Federation, designed to encourage those who live in Scotland to think local first and support their local town centres and high streets safely and in line with public health guidelines.
The outbreak of coronavirus has caused significant challenges for town centres, high streets and local businesses with a considerable loss of trade because of closure to keep communities safe. Many community organisations and businesses have operated above and beyond to support the most vulnerable people in communities.
Cllr Stephen Thompson for Annandale North recognised Moffat Town Hall Trust as an organisation that has played a central and vital role over recent months:
“Local businesses play a vital role in the local economy but especially at this time when they can be a trusted focal point for communities. More and more we’re seeing community enterprise playing a key role and Moffat Town Hall Trust has been central in supporting community efforts for those most vulnerable.”
The Scotland Loves Local Fund will provide between £500 and £5000 to businesses who look to develop projects which improve and promote their local place and communities. Application forms and guidance notes are on the Scotland’s Town Partnership’s website www.scotlandstowns.org
Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved here: https://lovelocal.scot/how-to-get-involved/.