Thornhill, Stirling, United Kingdom

Tag: Business Support

New ‘Stirling Loves Local’ Gift Card Launched


Stirling Council Media Release

News about a specialised gift card scheme is being launched with support from the Scottish Government. Businesses in Stirling are being encouraged to sign up in an effort to support local spending as part of the economic recovery from the pandemic.

Businesses across the region are being urged to sign up to the new Scotland Loves Local Gift Card, which is funded by the Scottish Government and aims to to encourage more people across the area to back local businesses.

The significant show of support for local businesses across Stirling 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.

Businesses can sign up for the scheme at www.lovelocal.scot/giftcard where they can complete the simple two-step form and registration process. The Stirling Gift Card is one of 32 Gift Cards, unique to each region of Scotland, and can only be spent in businesses located in the region.

STP and Miconex are working with Stirling Council to launch the regional gift card, with the first year of costs being met by the Scottish Government as part of its £10million of support for Scotland Loves Local. There are no registration costs for businesses. Payments are processed as part of the Mastercard network.

Supported by the Scottish Government and others, 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

Scotrail/First Bus Service Update & Funding Opportunities

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Scotrail have announced reductions in services from February 1

Link below to drop down menus for each route providing specific information:-

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/february-2021-timetable-change?utm_source=FebTTservice&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=531577_February%20Timetable%20Update

First Bus have made changes to services due to a number of Covid cases related to the Bannockburn Depot.

This link enables you to find the service of interest and keep tabs of current timetables

https://www.firstgroup.com/south-east-and-central-scotland/plan-journey/timetables/?source_id=2&operator=25&page=1&redirect=no

Here is a link to a specific support fund launched for Taxi and Private Hire companies/drivers

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/taxi-and-private-hire-driver-support-fund/

Here is a link to a fund just launched for businesses supporting the Wedding Sector

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/funding/scottish-wedding-industry-fund#nextsteps

Discretionary Business Support Fund

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Below is a link to the new Discretionary Business Support Fund that is being administered by Stirling Council. Open today.

This fund is designed to provide support for those businesses that have been unable to obtain support since October last year.

This is for small and micro businesses ( 50 employee or fewer) . The following  designations are eligible :-

NOTE :  Applications must be made by 5pm February 10

  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund/

STEP Scotland Business Support

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Here is a link to the latest STEP  e mail containing information on latest business support. Scroll through for various pieces of information and further links.

https://mailchi.mp/stepscotland/business-gateway-stirling-funded-suppor-221838?e=afb3e9ac0a