A new campaign is helping to generate support for local traders and businesses in West Dunbartonshire’s towns.
Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce, West Dunbartonshire Council and Business Gateway along with local Business and Community Groups have been working together to develop and deliver practical proposals to support town centre and business recovery.
Local Meets National
“LovesLocal” has been put together to link in with a national #ScotlandLovesLocal TV, press and social media campaign that calls for people to #ThinkLocalFirst and is supported by The Scottish Government in partnership with Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
For Alexandria, Dumbarton and Clydebank this means asking the public to continue to support local shops, cafes, bars and tradespeople as well as home-based businesses and freelancers.
Damon Scott, Chief Executive of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The partnership working so far has been excellent with a really positive response to the campaign and some great support and offers of help to make it a success.
“Now, more than ever, we need to support our local businesses to help them get back on their feet. Businesses have been working really hard to ensure customers can shop safely and our campaign messages reinforce the importance of following current guidelines.
“The success of the campaign depends on as many local people, businesses and groups coming together to support it by getting involved, contributing, spreading the word and thinking local first!”
Open To All Local Businesses
Local business owners can join the campaign in a variety of ways, including displaying branded materials such as distance markers and posters, posting, liking and sharing local stories via social media and using the hashtags #DumbartonLovesLocal #ClydebankLovesLocal and #ValeLovesLocal together with #ThinkLocalFirst and #ScotlandLovesLocal.
Online hubs have been developed for each of the towns and offer a valuable opportunity for businesses to build their presence online and to share news and other information that might be of interest to the local communities.
A range of free webinars are also available, including an introduction to selling online aimed at retailers who are not currently online at all or who are just starting out; how to market your business online and how to sell safely online.
Business owners can also take advantage of opportunities to meet with local advisers to discuss ways to grow their business; receive one-to-one support from a digital expert on how to improve online presence; access up to date market information to help them spot opportunities and make informed decisions, and also get access to reports to help them better understand the market.
How Can You Help/Get Involved?
Visit the websites and share the hashtags:
www.dumbartonloveslocal.co.uk / #dumbartonloveslocal
www.clydebankloveslocal.co.uk / #clydebankloveslocal
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 280 0335