Martin Whitfield MSP has marked his support for the first Scotland Loves Local Week (August 28 – September 3),  a campaign calling on everyone across Scotland to help tackle unprecedented challenges by choosing local, with a visit to Go Tweed Valley BID in Peebles.

The South Scotland MSP visited the BID’s Visitor Centre on Peebles High Street and met with Rich Rowe, Go Tweed Valley BID Manager and Sarah McNeil, Visitor Centre Manager, as well as local business representatives involved in the BID’s work.

Leaders of the Scotland Loves Local campaign have organised the awareness-raising week to highlight how getting behind local businesses will help communities tackle the triple challenge of the cost of living crisis, the climate emergency and the ongoing financial fightback from the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking after the visit, Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to visit Go Tweed Valley BID as part of Scotland Loves Local Week. The fantastic work they have been doing with their members exemplifies the campaign’s ‘love local’ message and the importance of local communities, businesses and groups coming together to celebrate and promote what they have to offer. I’m grateful to Rich, Sarah and their colleagues for taking time out to update me and wish everyone involved in the BID continued success in the future.”

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