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Poll boost as festive bargain-hunters are urged not to forget shops from their high street when searching for Christmas presents on the internet

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Despite the challenges of 2020, Scotland’s tourism industry has opened its doors and hearts to people across the country and VisitScotland believes now is the time to return the love and show our support.  

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On behalf of the Forth Bridges Area Tourism Group,  Fife Council is currently recruiting for a Forth Bridges Area Tourism Strategy Manager. 

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A rallying cry has been issued for the public shoppers to support their local businesses online to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic.

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The £1 million Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery of projects, and giving support and guidance to help communities achieve aims important to them. The fund encourages communities to ‘love local’, recognise the importance of their local areas, and actively engage in and develop them.

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Scottish fintech Miconex has launched its Great Town and City Christmas Quiz to support places in Scotland, and encourage people to shop local. The Christmas quiz offers players the chance to win a £1500 gift card for their choice of over 50 active Town and City Gift Card programmes, including 17 in Scotland.

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Over 200 workplaces, schools, community groups and campuses have committed to making Scotland cycling friendly by signing up for a nationally recognised award.

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An awareness-raising drive has been launched to help inform and fuel the roll-out of free WiFi in more of Scotland’s town and city centres.

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Flexibility Works is currently conducting research on flexible working alongside The Scottish Government and The Hunter Foundation.

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In September 2020, the Scottish Government announced an allocation of £1.096m Town Centre funding for Glasgow, as part of the Government's economic stimulus plans in response to Covid-19.  Around 40% of this has been allocated to the Glasgow Town Centre Action Programme Fund (GTCAP) 2020 which is now open.

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To inform the new programme ‘Building Capacity: Developing Skills’, Arts & Business Scotland is surveying arts and heritage sector organisations on capacity building needs. 

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Chair of STP, Professor Leigh Sparks, discusses how Scotland’s Improvement Districts are supporting businesses and communities. Originally posted on his blog, Stirling Retail

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Scotland’s High Street Heroes have been honoured for the remarkable ways in which they have helped their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

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The Dunoon High Kirk – Community Redevelopment Project is seeking to hire a freelance fundraiser. 

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Aberdeenshire Council is throwing its weight behind the Scotland Loves Local campaign which encourages shoppers to think local first to support the economy in its recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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