The Scotland Loves Local campaign featured in four pages in the Herald (Sun 19-07-20) highlighting an exclusive poll that indicated two-thirds of Scots will be prioritising their high street following the corona virus restrictions have been relaxed further.
“TWO-thirds of Scots will make shopping locally a priority to help boost struggling retailers and town centres following the coronavirus lockdown, a new poll has revealed.
According to a poll for Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the vast majority of Scots will look to shop locally when their local town centres fully reopen following lockdown.
The poll, given exclusively to The Herald on Sunday, found that 66% say they are going to prioritise shopping locally while 64% say the future of their town centre depends on whether or not local people support them.”….as retailers emerge from lockdown, the poll will give the sector a boost and comes on the eve of a national campaign to revive town centres post-Covid.…..The campaign is designed to urge Scots to think local first when it comes to shopping and hospitality, while ensuring they continue to adhere to the Scottish Government’s public health guidance.
Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership said “one of the positives of this experience has been how communities have come together and shown compassion and solidarity with one another. Building on this sense of loyalty and community is what is needed to bring about a town centre rival and, while these polling results are encouraging, we need to turn this goodwill and intention into action that is sustainable in the long term.“
Our own ‘local hero’ Billy Milligan, co-owner of Finsbay and F Pizza in Milngavie along with Scotland rugby captain Stuart Hogg and former captain Al Kellock, received praise for his ongoing efforts over the last four months while the licenced trade was plunged into crisis.
Billy and his team developed a new approach to serving customers with their Finsbay Online Shop and DIY pizza kit on a delivery basis in the local area, that received an unprecedented level of local support. (See Milngavie.co.uk article 22 April)
Interviewed by the Herald, Billy said “We started to look at how we could do things differently and in the end never closed at all. We began to offer home delivery and had an idea of creating pizza kits which just took off. We make all our own pizza dough and it is left to prove for 48 hours. I was making kits into the wee small hours and then it meant the kits were ready to be sent out to people”…..
“In Milngavie and Bearsden where most of our clientele is from, I think there is already a real understanding of how important it is to shop local. They can see the difference it makes to their town when they support local business and I think that will be a massive help as we come out of lockdown”
This morning (Mon 20/07/20, 7.45am) on BBC Radio Scotland, the campaign launch continued with local business owners being interviewed about their experiences over the weekend, after lock down measured have been eased. Initial reactions have been very positive.
Local Milngavie business owner, Eleanor Barron from Elba Gallery on Mugdock Road was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland about her experience during the crisis. Eleanor said “It’s been increasingly busy, especially since the bars and restaurants have been allowed to open. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the support of the local people It’s a really lovely feeling to be back and touch base with them all again”.
Official Website for the Scotland Loves Local campaign has also been launched at www.lovelocal.scot featuring Milngavie business owners who were photographed before the official launch.