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Scotland Loves Local Awards shortlist revealed

Achievements of finalists to be celebrated and winners revealed at the Scotland’s Towns Conference next month

The finalists have been announced for the second annual 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.

The achievements of all of those shortlisted will be celebrated as part of the Scotland’s Towns Conference at CentreStage in Kilmarnock on Wednesday, November 16th, to which they have all been invited. The day will culminate in the winners being announced by the event host, broadcaster Rona Dougall.

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said: “From tackling the climate emergency, embracing enterprise and creativity to creating great places to live, work and visit, our shortlisted entries proudly fly the flag for the dedication and innovation which make our communities great.

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

Shortlisted entries

Climate and Net Zero Town

  • Linlithgow Community Development Trust (Linlith – Go-Solar)
  • The Furniture Project, Stranraer
  • Visit Inverness Loch Ness TBID

Creative Town

  • Aberdeen Inspired, Nuart Festival
  • Montrose Playhouse Project
  • The Wasps Trust, Inverness

Digital Town

  • Energise Galashiels Trust
  • South Lanarkshire Council (Bothwell, Strathaven, Stonehouse and Douglas)
  • Scottish Tech Army, East Lothian

Enterprising Communities

  • CentreStage (Ayrshire Arts Academy)
  • The Guild Dumfries
  • Cambuslang BankHUB 

Streets and Spaces

  • Argyll and Bute Council (Lochgilphead Front Green and Argyll Street Improvement Project)
  • The Corner Project, Darvel
  • Dundee City Council and UNESCO City of Design Dundee (Union Street project)

Town Centre Living

  • Argyll and Bute Council (Campbeltown Town Centre Regeneration)
  • Clackmannanshire Council (Primrose Street, Alloa)
  • South of Scotland Community Housing (Wigtown former Bank of Scotland redevelopment)

Details of those shortlisted for the High Street Hero accolade will be announced on the day of the conference.

The awards are sponsored by Green Action Trust, Creative Scotland, Commsworld, Miconex, South of Scotland Enterprise, and Page / Park.

For more information about the awards and the wider Scotland Loves Local campaign, go to www.lovelocal.scot. You can also follow #ScotlandLovesLocal and #SLLawards on social media.

A New Future for Scotland’s Towns will be the theme of the 2022 Scotland’s Towns Conference. It will explore some of the major topics affecting the future of communities, as well as sharing inspirational examples of projects taking place across the country.

Organised in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, the event will also feature a Love Local Town Square, with speakers including Scotland’s Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur. It is the first time in three years that the conference has been held in-person.