Scotland’s biggest convenience retailers back gift card scheme

One-O-One Retail and Scotmid have signed up to accept the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card as they are launched in the regions in which they serve.

The Scottish Government is funding the rollout of gift cards across each of the country’s 32 local authority areas. Work is being led by Scotland’s Towns Partnership as part of the Scotland Loves Local campaign. It is the first time that a local gift card programme has been delivered on this scale.

The convenience stores will accept the gift cards as they are launched by local authorities in the area in which they operate.

One O One’s support brings the potential for another 43 stores to be brought into the programme.

Paul Stirling, Group Retail Director at One-O-One Convenience Stores, said: “We are delighted to accept the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card in our stores. It’s another way in which customers can show their support for businesses in their region. We are sure it can play a part in helping both the recovery from the pandemic and help be part of the foundations for a stronger economic future.”

Scotmid, also a sponsor of the wider Scotland Loves Local campaign, could eventually involve its entire network of 179 community stores in Scotland.

Shirley MacGillivray, Head of Communities and Membership at Scotmid, said: “We are sponsoring the drive for people to support the businesses around them as they recover and rebuild. As a community retailer, we have witnessed first-hand the importance of being there and supporting others, particularly during the most challenging times.

“We are thrilled to partner with Scotland Loves Local and accept the gift card, so we can shout even louder about why it’s so important for us all to show loyalty to our communities and local businesses.”

In addition, Spar Scotland could add 107 of its company-owned stores to accept the cards.

Brian Straiton, Company Owned Stores Operations Director at Spar Scotland, said: “As a scheme which supports local businesses and communities it was a no-brainer for us to get behind the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card. It aligns completely with our values.”

 

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