Time to honour the champions of local life across Renfrewshire

10th Jun 2022

Nominations open for Scotland Loves Local Awards to recognise those whose dedication and innovation is making life better and shaping a stronger future

People across Renfrewshire are being urged to shine a spotlight on the community champions making their areas better places to live. 

Nominations have opened for the 2022 Scotland Loves Local Awards, which will see heroics on the high street rewarded, along with efforts to tackle climate change locally.

Artistic flair, work to create new town centre homes, encourage enterprise, make streets more attractive and digital innovation will also be recognised.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the awards celebrate all that’s great about local towns and neighbourhoods and tireless work taking place to secure a stronger future in them.

STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice said: “Whether through innovation or sheer determination, people and groups across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are working relentlessly to improve lives. Some are taking amazing action to make their communities more attractive. Others are creating jobs and leading the charge towards net-zero.

“The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a chance to recognise and thank them. To do that, we need you to tell us about the inspiring people and projects whose dedication and innovation is making a real difference where you live.”

This is the second year in which the awards have been held.

Among the recipients in 2021 was the team at Paisley First Business Improvement District who took the Creative Town Award for their work to inject colour and pride into the town through the creation of an amazing mural trail.

Scotland Loves Local, spearheaded by STP with the support of the Scottish Government, is the campaign encouraging everyone to strengthen their community by supporting the businesses and people around them.

Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur said: “These awards recognise those who are doing vital work to revitalise town centres and support local businesses and communities across Scotland. That is why the Scottish Government is supporting the Scotland Loves Local programme to help people live well locally and boost town centres.

“These awards are inspiring examples of the possible, showcasing the wonderful work undertaken by communities and local partners to make a real difference to the lives of people.”

The award categories are:

  • High Street Hero (an individual or organisation making an exceptional difference in their community)
  • Climate and Net-Zero Towns
  • Creative Town
  • Streets and Spaces
  • Digital Town
  • Town Centre Living
  • Enterprising Community

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 5.00pm on Friday, 2 September 2022.

Winners will be announced at a celebration being held on Wednesday, 23 November 2022, as part of the annual Scotland’s Towns Conference.

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