Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID) has partnered with Collection Pot for the initiative, which allows residents and businesses to collect money on-line and then load the funds on to a Milngavie Gift Card.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the pre-paid gift card could be used to say thank you to NHS staff, teachers, care workers or volunteers in the community.
In turn, the scheme gives support to more than 55 Milngavie businesses, therefore keeping money in the local economy.
Local businesses are also being encouraged to consider buying Milngavie Gift Cards for employee incentives.
Milngavie BID chair Graeme Ross said: “The new Collection Pot partnership enables people to support key workers and volunteers, as well as providing friends and family with a great gift that shows their support for their local businesses, especially at a time when businesses are working hard to adapt and support the community.”
To donate to a Collection Pot, see www.milngavie.co.uk/collectionpot/
Meanwhile, traders are also being supported by the Milngavie BID to set up e-commerce websites; and to promote existing local businesses who are already selling online.
Several businesses, including Driftwood Lifestyle, The Dress Shop, Ruby Red Gifts and Elba Gallery, have set up new e-commerce websites. This has been made possible with funding from a £1m BID Resilience Fund administered by Scotland’s Improvement Districts from the Scottish Government.
Graeme said: “The offer of support for businesses to market or set up e-commerce sites is open to all levy payers in Milngavie. The BID has enabled them to start selling on-line and with no costs incurred for site development, digital marketing or hosting for six months.
“Thereafter, we anticipate they will continue with minimal costs and use their e-commerce as additional sales channels long term.”
Within hours of the new trading websites going live, online orders started to come in. This has mainly been from local residents and a few new customers.
There are also many other businesses in Milngavie who already have full e-commerce trading websites that have become a critical sales channel during the lock down period. They are using their website to engage with existing customers and find new ones, mainly done from home.
If you would like to support your community and local businesses, now is the time to #ShopLocal using many of the online websites that are available in Milngavie.
Below are the new e-commerce websites the Milngavie BID have set up for local businesses, with grant funding from the BID Resilience Fund.
www.elbagallery.com (products being added by business owner before new site is launched)
News article featured in the Bearsden and Milngavie Community Magazine, May 2020 digital version. Past issues of the magazine can be found at www.milngavie.co.uk/communitymagazine/