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Scotland Loves Local Awards Shortlist revealed

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

Individuals, businesses and community organisations from across the country are in the running for the accolades after being nominated by people who have seen and felt the positive impact of their work.

The awards are organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) as part of the Scotland Loves Local campaign, which encourages everyone to choose local and support businesses in their communities to build a better, stronger future.

Winners will be announced during an online event – presented by STV’s Sean Batty – to be broadcast via social media on Thursday, November 25. The celebration will also be the culmination of the Scotland’s Towns Conference, a week-long showcase and celebration of innovation improving the nation’s towns and places.

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said: “All of our shortlisted entries stand testament to the dedication and innovation of those who make our communities great places in which to live.

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

The recipient of the 2021 High Street Hero Award will be announced during the event.

Shortlisted entries

Climate Town

  • Greener Kirkcaldy
  • LEAP, Greater Glasgow
  • Nairn Business Improvement District, Nairn Community and Arts Centre, Green Hive and Nairn Bowling Club

Creative Town

  • Impact Arts and West Kilbride Community Initiative
  • The Institute of Local Television, Sanquhar
  • Paisley First Business Improvement District

Innovative Town

  • Creative Crieff and Radio Earn
  • Kilmarnock Business Association and East Ayrshire Council
  • Milngavie Town Centre BID and Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Place Leader

  • Malcolm Thomas Harley, Our Hamilton Business Improvement District
  • Jackie Shearer, manager of Possilpark Business Improvement District
  • Andrew Spence, chief executive, Oban Business Improvement District

Streets and Spaces

  • Dementia Friendly Prestwick (promenade work)
  • Falkirk Council (Zetland Park redevelopment)
  • Isle of Bute Business Improvement District (Rothesay’s Al Fresco Square)

Town Centre Living

  • The Eskdale Foundation, Langholm
  • Fife Council (Kirkcaldy, Cupar and Lochgelly)
  • Renfrewshire Council (Paisley)

The awards are sponsored by Collective Architecture, Commsworld, Creative Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Message Matters, South of Scotland Enterprise, Spar Scotland and ThreeSixty Architecture. They are also supported by STV.

For more information about the awards and the wider Scotland Loves Local follow #ScotlandLovesLocal and #ChooseLocal On social media.