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Businesses can now download a free series of posters or banners to encourage residents to shop locally.

It is part of a number of initiatives by Argyll and Bute Council to support businesses after the pandemic.

Posters, including banners for social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook, can be downloaded for different areas of Argyll and Bute.

Islay on Instagram.

They include specially-designed posters for Islay and Jura; the Isle of Mull and Tarbert, among others.

There are also ‘open for business’ banners available for places such as Oban; Port Ellen and Bowmore on Islay; Inveraray, and Tobermory.

The poster for Mull.

The council has said shopfront improvement grants are also available, while training and Google-accredited photography will also be made available to companies which need them.

The projects have been funded by the Scottish Government, through the Town Centre Fund and from Scotland’s Towns Partnership.

Councillor Alastair Redman, the authority’s policy lead for business, regeneration and commercial development, said: ‘The easing of lockdown restrictions is welcome news as many of our shops and local businesses reopen.

‘After a challenging year, we need to give them as much support as possible to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

‘They provide vital employment to our communities and are incredibly important for the local economy.

‘Many businesses helped with the lockdown response and now is the time to show appreciation by helping them now by shopping local.’

To download the items go to www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/shop-local-messaging