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A call for people to ‘choose local’ was being made on Fort William’s High Street this month.
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes was out in the town backing calls for people to help fuel the fightback from Covid-19 across the Highlands.
The MSP is urging people to repay the businesses and people who have been there for them throughout the pandemic by showing them loyalty.
She highlighted her support for the Scotland Loves Local campaign as she met Phil Prentice – the man charged with leading it – on Fort William High Street recently.
Ms Forbes said: ‘The Scotland Loves Local campaign is so important for our economic recovery, locally and nationally, because it encourages people to spend their money locally and support local businesses. They have been key throughout the pandemic in helping us get through it, so now is the time to repay that and support them.’
The MSP, who is also Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, has urged businesses across the country to sign up to accept the new Scotland Loves Local Gift Card, which is being rolled out nationally.
She added: ‘I would encourage all businesses to sign up for the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card because it encourages local people to spend their money locally, investing in their economy.
The Scottish Government is financially backing the rollout of gift cards in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. Each card can only be spent in that specific region.
The cards will be rolled out in regional launches over the coming months, as councils agree to promote the programme in their area.
Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the organisation leading the Scotland Loves Local campaign with the support of the Scottish Government, said: ‘We are delighted to have the support of Ms Forbes. The need for us to choose local and support the businesses around us has never been more important. Doing so protects shops, services and livelihoods in our communities. It’s a positive individual decision from which we can all benefit.’
Kate Forbes MSP meeting Scotland’s Towns Partnership chief officer Phil Prentice in Fort William.
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