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Moray businesses urged to sign up for Scotland Loves Local Gift Card

By Ewan Malcolm

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MORAY Council has urged businesses to sign up for the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card to help power Moray's economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Graham Leadbitter (pictured) has encouraged businesses in Moray to sign up to the initiative.
Cllr Graham Leadbitter (pictured) has encouraged businesses in Moray to sign up to the initiative.

The gift card can only be spent in businesses in Moray and is being delivered by Scotland's Towns Partnership (STP) and Perth based Miconex.

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

Chair of the Moray Economic Partnership, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said: "The Moray Loves Local Gift Card holds the power to drive significant spending across our local economy, helping secure jobs and build a more sustainable, vibrant future for communities and people across Moray.

"I’d encourage all businesses and merchants here to sign up to receive payments via the Moray Loves Local Gift Card. It’s the perfect way for people throughout Moray to show their support for all that their local businesses have done for them since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Scotland's Minister for Community Wealth, Tom Arthur MSP, backed the call for businesses to sign up after the the launch of the initiative.

"We are delighted to be backing this innovative scheme as part of our pledge to support local businesses and communities within the first 100 days of government," he said.

"The gift card is a quick and efficient way to encourage spend and drive sales growth in our local economies. Thanks to Scottish Government funding, this is the first of its kind on a national scale and I look forward to seeing businesses benefit from the opportunities it presents."

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice added: "We can’t wait to see people loving local life by using their region’s gift card, whether that be while out shopping, meeting friends for a coffee or meal - or making a day of it and doing it all. This is an ideal way of supporting the brilliant businesses in our communities."

With the platform to purchase the regional gift cards launching later this year, employers are also being urged to support other companies in their area by using the gift cards as part of their corporate rewards programme.

More information about the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card can be found here.

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