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Scotland Loves Local Awards 2023 shortlist revealed

The finalists have been announced for the third annual Scotland Loves Local Awards.

People, businesses and community organisations are in the running for the accolades after being nominated by those who have seen and felt the positive impact of their efforts.

The awards are organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) as an extension of Scotland Loves Local, the drive for people to build stronger communities by choosing local and getting behind people and organisations in their area.

The achievements of all of those shortlisted will be celebrated at a ceremony to be held at The V&A Dundee on Tuesday November 28th, hosted by popular STV presenter Sean Batty.

STP Interim Chief Officer Kimberley Guthrie said: “Our team never fails to be amazed by the dedication, determination and innovation which make our communities great – and are making them stronger for the future. Our shortlisted entries fly the flag for creativity, entrepreneurship, sustainability and so much more.

“I can’t wait to hear more about the difference they make. My thanks to our sponsors for making these awards possible.”

Shortlisted entries

Climate and Net Zero

  • Gauchalland East Community Gardens, Galston 
  • Dalrymple, Skeldon and Hollybush Project 
  • Ibrox Commons, Glasgow

Creative Community

  • Art Night, Dundee
  • Energise Galashiels Trust
  • Scene Stirling

Digital Community

  • “Like a Local” campaign, Forth Valley Food and Drink
  •, Inverurie
  • Moray Media CIC, Forres

Enterprising Communities

  • Include Me 2 Club, Barrhead
  • GALE Centre, Gairloch 
  • The Furniture Project, Stranraer 

Place Leader

  • Diane Brown, Alloa First
  • Ross Grant, Aberdeen Inspired
  • Dr Michael Gray, Energise Galashiels

Streets and Spaces

  • Craigie Street Pocket Park, Dundee 
  • Gateway to Strathclyde Country Park, Bellshill 
  • Inchyra Park, Grangemouth 

Town Centre Living

  • Almondvale Court, Livingston (West Lothian Council / Cruden Homes)
  • Merchant House, Inverness (Highland Housing Association)
  • Simon Square, Edinburgh (Fraser / Livingstone Architects)

Scotland’s High Street Hero will also be announced on the awards evening.

The Scotland Loves Local Awards are supported by Business Stream, Commsworld, Creative Scotland, Green Action Trust, Message Matters, Miconex and Sustrans Scotland. 

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