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Improvement districts star alongside Sean Batty in Scotland Loves Local drive

Members of Business Improvement Districts are playing a starring role in inspiring people across Scotland to choose local.

As part of a special series of videos being produced by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), they have been explaining what it means for their future – and that of their communities – when people choose local.

STV weatherman Sean is an ambassador for Scotland Loves Local. The campaign is led by STP, which is also the parent organisation of Scotland’s Improvement Districts.

Videos have included visits to two towns with which the presenter has a special connection – his home town of Paisley and Falkirk, where he also spent some time as a child.

In Falkirk he spoke to STP Interim Chief Officer Kimberley Guthrie about the profound effect that choosing local can have on building stronger, more sustainable communities.

He also chatted to members of Falkirk Delivers BID.

Manager Elaine Grant said: “We cannot underestimate the importance of people choosing local – and we’re blessed with so many brilliant businesses in Falkirk.

“By getting behind our local businesses, people are not only securing their survival and the jobs of friends, family and neighbours but they keep the town vibrant, giving everyone the confidence to invest and make it an even better place in which to live, work and visit.

“Please, think local first and help build a better future for our community.”

In Paisley, he takes viewers on a tour of the town, explaining its history and how he’s seen it evolve over the years.

As part of that, he interviewed members of the town’s BID, Paisley First.

Elaine Templeton, Vice-Chair of the town’s Business Improvement District, Paisley First, said: “Around 70 pence in every pound spent in Paisley goes back into the local economy if you shop locally.

“Our local businesses are the heartbeat of our town centre so please support them and put Paisley first when it comes to shopping and socialising.”

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