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£90k boost for Stirling retailers

Jitka Fleglova, community engagement manager at Go Forth Stirling.
Jitka Fleglova, community engagement manager at Go Forth Stirling.

BUSINESS improvement firm Go Forth Stirling has secured a £90,000 boost to support the city’s high street stores.

Following approval of funding from Stirling Council, grants of up to £5,000 are available for any Stirling city centre business owners to help revamp and revitalise their store fronts.

Any business owner interested in this funding can apply for a grant by emailing or via the application form on Go Forth’s website. Business owners must submit their applications by 12 February.

Jitka Fleglova, community engagement manager at Go Forth Stirling, said: “We are delighted to secure this external funding for city centre businesses to improve their shopfronts.

“Shop entrances make a significant contribution to the vitality and distinctiveness of Stirling and contribute to a sense of place.”

Stirling council leader councillor Chris Kane said: “This year marks the 900th anniversary of Stirling becoming a Royal Burgh and investment into our city centre and shopfront improvements will help show Stirling in its best light to residents and visitors as we prepare to embark on a programme of exciting events to mark this milestone.”

UWS strikes ShopMate EPOS deal

EPOS provider ShopMate and United Wholesale Scotland (UWS) have struck up a partnership to benefit c-store owners.

The new agreement means that independent retailers who shop at UWS will have access to its price file and promotions via their ShopMate tills and will be able to display UWS promotions on their ShopMate MediaMaster Screens, alongside manufacturer promotions.

ShopMate’s Brian Eagle Brown said: “UWS’s innovation and tech-based approach combines well with our tech-driven approach, which delivers a powerful proposition to stores across their range.”

Company Shop Group saves Scots shoppers £29.5million

The Company Shop in Renfrew.
The Company Shop in Renfrew.

SURPLUS redistribution firm Company Shop Group has marked four years in Scotland by revealing its stores in Renfrew and Edinburgh have helped to collectively save shoppers £29.5million so far.

The business has also saved nearly 28.7million items from waste and returned more than £3.1million back to Scottish businesses on what would otherwise have been costly waste streams across the sector.

Boss Owen McLellan said: “As we embark on our fifth year in Scotland, we are more ambitious than ever about the positive impact we can deliver here for people, profit and planet.”