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2024 Scotland Loves Local Awards launched – including search to find the nation’s Town of the Year

Scotland Loves Local Awards. Held at V&A Dundee. All of the finalists pictured with event host Sean Batty. Tuesday November 28th 2023. Picture: Jamie Simpson / Scotland’s Towns Partnership For media enquiries please contact: Chris Story, Message Matters (07375 065728 / chris@messagematters.co.uk)

People across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are being urged to turn the spotlight on the region’s heroes of the high street.

Nominations have opened for the 2024 Scotland Loves Local Awards, which will see the nation’s town of the year crowned, alongside other accolades.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the awards recognise and reward the dedication, determination and innovation which is making communities fit for the future.

The categories nationally are:

Town of the Year

Most Enterprising Community

Place Leader of the Year

Eight High Street Hero Awards will also be presented – one in each of the Scottish Parliament electoral regions. In Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, that will be West Scotland.

This will recognise a person or organisation who has gone above and beyond to support people and make their community a better place to live, work and visit.

STP Chief Officer Kimberley Guthrie said: “There are people working tirelessly across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire whose desire to make a difference is driving a new future for their community.

“Hard work and innovation is helping people and places to manage the cost of living, tackle the climate emergency while transforming places to become better, fairer, more attractive and successful.

“The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a chance to shine a spotlight on the determination and collaboration which really is improving lives in so many ways.”

Spearheaded by STP and supported by the Scottish Government, Scotland Loves Local is the movement encouraging people to create a better future for their community by choosing local. This is the fourth year in which the awards have been held.

Technology solutions company Vicinity, which works with councils and business improvement districts to provide data and audience insights to promote local places and economies, is sponsoring the Town of the Year category.

Chief Executive Henry Jinman said: “Our work gives us a fascinating insight into what makes places tick and we are delighted to work alongside STP to help foster a culture of innovation and collaboration in Scotland’s Towns and Places.

“That is why we are delighted to be supporting the Town of the Year category, to shine a spotlight on fantastic work being carried out by organisations and individuals across the country, making a real difference to places and the people who live there.”

Award nominations can be made at www.lovelocal.scot/awards, where full category criteria can also be found. There, you can briefly share the details of your nominee and why you would like to see them recognised.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday, August 23rd 2024. Finalists will be announced in September with presentations made to winners in October. The achievements of finalists will also be celebrated at the Scotland’s Towns Conference in Perth on November 27th.

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