Play #yourpart and shop local this festive season

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Published: Friday, 10th December 2021

The Scottish Borders will join the Scotland Loves Local gift card scheme next year in a bid to help support local retailers and the region’s high streets.

Our Executive Committee approved the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday, with a launch planned for early in the new year.

The initiative has been rolled out by the Scotland’s Towns Partnership and supported by the Scottish Government. It is free for business to register to be part of the scheme.

In the meantime, we encourage all Borderers to shop locally this festive season in support of home town businesses who have experienced a very difficult couple of years.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Leader of Scottish Borders Council and Executive Member for Economic Regeneration and Finance

 “It is vital that we support our local businesses during this festive season, particularly after the challenges our local economy has faced over the 18 months, from Covid-19 to Storm Arwen.”

“The Borders is home to some incredible independent businesses that produce and sell products - ranging from the world’s best cashmere goods to exquisite homemade crafts and some of the best food and drink in Scotland.

“So whether you are still needing to pick up some gifts for loved ones or sourcing your food and drink for the festive season, please think local first and support our amazing local firms at this important time.

“By shopping local this festive period you will bring joy to more than just your loved ones receiving the gifts.”

More information

The Scotland Loves Local Gift Card was launched in July 2021 by Scotland’s Towns Partnership with a view to providing opportunities for people to help support local businesses by purchasing local produce and keeping more spend within local authority areas.

Like any other gift card, it can be spent in businesses in the area which sign up to be part of the programme. These businesses can be of any size or type – they simply need to have a physical presence in the region. The gift cards cannot be used with online-only businesses.