The launch of a new campaign week aiming to put localism at the heart of a stronger, greener, fairer Scotland has been welcomed by Martin Whitfield MSP.

The Scotland Loves Local campaign was initiated in August 2021 to help Scotland’s towns and neighbourhoods recover from the pandemic. Scotland Loves Local is now moving from a purely promotional campaign to become an enabler for Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) to build upon – and deliver – its wider aims of creating better, stronger, more sustainable places through grassroots, community engagement.

A key element of this new phase of the campaign is the first Scotland Loves Local Week, which will take place from Monday 28th August to Sunday 3rd September.

Mr Whitfield is encouraging local businesses, social enterprises and charities, community groups and individuals to get involved in the campaign to help support and embed the love local message in their area.

Commenting on the campaign, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“The Scotland Loves Local campaign has played an important role in helping local communities bounce back from the various difficulties and hardships we collectively faced during the pandemic.

“I welcome this new phase of the campaign with its continued emphasis on making a positive choice to back local businesses and organisations to help build stronger communities that can respond to the cost-of-living crisis and climate emergency.

“The first Scotland Loves Local Week is a great opportunity for people, businesses, groups and communities to come together to build on this agenda and consider what further action they can take to help build a better future for their area.”

You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved in Scotland Loves Local Week at