Stirling Council has received funding from the Towns and Business Improvement Districts Resilience and Recovery Fund, which supports small businesses in town centres and high streets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council’s successful application will provide financial support in Plean, Cowie, Fallin and Throsk, Bannockburn, St Ninians, Raploch and Cornton, all priority areas within Stirling’s Community Planning Partnership.
As part of Scotland’s Town Centre Recovery Campaign, businesses in these areas can apply for funds of up to £200 from this Scottish Government fund, created with Scotland’s Towns Partnership and administered by Stirling Council.
It is aimed at supporting business to cover the costs of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that will protect staff and customers and promote confidence in small, local businesses allowing them to continue to trade safely.
Convenor of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley said: “High streets and town centres are the beating hearts of these communities. It’s vital that they are supported to deal with the ongoing challenges that COVID 19 has brought as they continue to trade under difficult circumstances.
“We welcome this Scottish Government funding through Scotland’s Towns Partnership and will administer it swiftly to get much needed funds directly to businesses affected. It’s a limited fund and I encourage businesses to apply early to avoid being disappointed.”
Scotland’s Towns Partnership is also - with the support of the Scottish Government - spearheading the Scotland Loves Local campaign, which encourages everyone living in Scotland to ‘think local first’ to support their local town centres and high streets safely and in line with public health guidelines.
Core of our communities
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland's Towns Partnership, said: "We're delighted to be able to support small businesses in Stirling as they continue to respond to the challenges presented by Covid-19 to ensure they are there for their customers in the safest possible way.
"Businesses locally have done tremendous work at a time when they have never been needed more, reminding us all that they really are at the core of our communities. You can show your ongoing support for them by continuing to act safely and thinking local first, whether for your shopping or other services. Doing so will benefit the physical and financial health of the community across Stirling."
Living more of our lives locally
Scotland’s Communities Secretary, Aileen Campbell MSP, said: “Living more of our lives locally – shopping, eating and enjoying activities in the areas we live – has never been more important. It has a huge role to play in supporting Scotland’s economic and social recovery from Covid-19.
“This fund is enabling great work to support and promote local businesses in more than 180 towns nationally by highlighting the diverse and vibrant selection of products and services on offer.
“Taking simple steps like choosing to visit a nearby shop or café, or buying goods or services from a business in your own community helps support local jobs. These actions help local economies to thrive, bring communities together and, crucially, help us to continue to suppress the virus by limiting unnecessary travel.”
More information can be found on the Stirling Council website.