Members of the Scottish Parliament from across the political spectrum lined up in support of Scotland Loves Local in a wide-ranging parliamentary debate this week.
Scotland Loves Local launched in July 2020 with a simple message: think local first, and support the economic fightback from Covid-19.
Since then, the campaign has reached communities from Lerwick to Stranraer, with town centres, businesses and community organisations celebrating the affinity people have with their local towns, and their close ties to the people who work in local shops, cafes and other businesses.
In this week’s debate, led by Communities Minister Tom Arthur, MSPs from every political party welcomed Scotland Loves Local’s drive to promote town centres and local shopping areas – accelerating every region’s fightback from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, and supporting the people behind local businesses.
The Scotland Loves Local Gift Card – available now at www.scotlandgiftslocal – was also recognised as having major potential to inject additional income streams into local businesses by encouraging people to enjoy the very best their local area has to offer.
Watch the debate below.
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