From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –
Aberdeenshire Council is throwing its weight behind the Scotland Loves Local campaign which encourages shoppers to think local first to support the economy in its recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scotland Loves Local has been launched by Scotland’s Towns Partnership with the support of the Scottish Government.
It encourages people to support shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in their own communities before thinking of travelling further afield or turning to online retail giants – and to do that responsibly by following all hygiene and physical distancing guidelines.
Council Leader Cllr Jim Gifford said: “Our region’s economy, just like the rest of Scotland and the UK, has suffered terribly as a result of the pandemic and I very much welcome the launch of our ‘Scotland Loves Local – Aberdeenshire’ campaign.
“Aberdeenshire Council has provided significant support to businesses during the last six months through a number of schemes and initiatives, some of which were specifically devised by the Economic Development team and are unique to the local authority. We continue to stand 100% behind getting businesses back on their feet in the weeks and months to come.”
Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development and Protective Services, added: “It is vitally-important we all remember that each and every purchase we make in our local shops – whether it be a loaf of bread, a coffee, new clothes or a meal – is reinvested in the local economy, supporting that business and the people they employ.
“All Aberdeenshire businesses but especially, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants will be encouraged to download the local logo and use it in any way they deem suitable to promote their business, remind and actively inspire people to shop local in Aberdeenshire. For social media, they will also be encouraged to use the hashtag #ScotlandLovesLocal, to link with the national campaign.”