The Federation of Small Businesses Scotland has launched its #FSBmyTown campaign, setting out how the organisation believes we can rejuvenate our towns and secure their long-term future.
FSB Scotland's new report “Transforming Towns” outlines action on seven key challenges, from empty property to building low carbon infrastructure, to reverse the impact of 414 major store and bank closures seen in our towns since 2016.
The report was endorsed by STP's Chief Officer, Phil Prentice, who said: "the time is right for a renewed focus and investment for our town centres and high streets. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and town centres are the backbone of our communities".
A one-page summary of the report can be viewed here, with key proposals including:
Investing £90m a year over the next decade to fund transformational regeneration projects through theScottish National Investment Bank and the UK Government’s Towns Fund;
- A new Scottish Government commission to tackle the blight of empty properties;
Banks to deliver on their shared hubs promise, and new help for independent traders to better utilise digital technologies.
FSB Scotland is encouraging those who support the campaign to get involved by taking a video or selfie in their town and sharing it using the hashtag #FSBmyTown, or sharing the infographics from their campaign hub on the social media platform of their choice.
To keep up with the latest news on this campaign and all of FSB's work in Scotland, follow them on Twitter at @FSB_Scotland