‘Scotland Loves Local’ Gift Card Launched

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Graeme Encourages Angus Businesses to Sign Up

Graeme is encouraging businesses in his Angus South Constituency to sign up to a new local gift card scheme aimed at keeping people spending local for longer.

The Scotland Loves Local Gift Card is being rolled out across Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, with the creation of 32 unique regional gift cards. These can be spent exclusively at business located within the region.

The show of support for local business is being delivered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) – the organisation spearheading the Scotland Loves Local Campaign. The Gift Card scheme is a partnership with Perth-based fintech specialist Miconex, supported by the Scottish Government.

With the platform to purchase the regional gift cards launching later this year, businesses across Scotland are being urged to undertake a quick, free sign-up process in order to enable receipt of payments via the gift card.

Commenting, Graeme said:

With Angus Council soon to have its own local gift card, I would encourage all businesses and merchants across my constituency to sign up to allow this as a method of payment.

The Gift Card can drive significant spending locally – helping to secure jobs and build a more sustainable, vibrant future for communities and people all over Angus.

Signing up is quick, simple, and free – and will enable customers to show their support for all that their local businesses have done for them since the start of the pandemic.

STP Chief Officer, Phil Prentice, said:

We have never valued local life, the people and businesses around us more. The Scotland Loves Local Gift Card initiative embraces that.

We can’t wait to see people loving local life by using their region’s gift card, whether that be while out shopping, meeting friends for a coffee or meal – or making a day of it and doing it all. This is an ideal way of supporting the brilliant businesses in our communities.

These gift cards will be a remarkably powerful way of unlocking spending potential – and keeping that money in local communities for longer. The more businesses that sign up, the better the local experience will be. We have had tremendous interest and support so far.

Local businesses need our support – our communities need our support. Businesses can help people to be there for them by becoming part of Scotland Loves Local family. There has never been a scheme on this scale in Scotland.

For more information about the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card – including how to sign up – go to www.lovelocal.scot/giftcard.

Background:

STP and Miconex are working with local authorities to launch the regional gift card, with the first year of costs being met by the Scottish Government. There are no registration costs for businesses, and signing up takes a matter of minutes. Payments are processed as part of the Mastercard network.

Scotland Loves Local is the campaign urging people to think local first by spending in businesses and attractions around them – evoking the strong community spirit witnessed at the peak of the coronavirus crisis.