Four Kirkcaldy businesses have been nominated as most loved as part of national ‘Love Local Day’.
The event recognises the UK’s most loved local businesses as well as those most loved within their local and wider areas. The event has been championed by ShopAppy.com – a digital platform and shop local campaign that is being backed by Love Oor Lang Toun.
Thousands of nominations have poured in from across the UK over the last few weeks with a massive increase from 2020’s event.
Many locals have cited the adaptation of their local businesses during the pandemic “as their lifeline”.
Nominations for the love local day also highlighted friendliness, helpfulness and exceptional service that local businesses have provided during the most challenging times for local communities, high streets, markets, towns and city centres.
Dr Jackie Mulligan, Founder of ShopAppy – the organisation behind the UKs Love Local Day explained: “It has been a challenging last decade none more so than this last year for our town centres and high streets, but we know there is tremendous love for local businesses in our communities. No more so than in Kirkcaldy.
Love Local Day highlights the importance and positive impact these businesses have in the life of our communities and commercial hearts and how critical they will be to our social and economic recovery. It also shows them how much they are appreciated.”
Cara Forrester from Love Oor Lang Toun added: “It is great to hear that people in Kirkcaldy took the opportunity to pay tribute to some of our amazing local businesses.
“The business community has had so many challenges to face, so it is really fantastic for them to hear that they are in the hearts of local people and that they cherish the work they are doing.
“These nominations prove what Love Oor Lang Toun already knows, that we have a town full of amazing shops and businesses and we’d urge everyone to look local first and support their town.”
Kirkcaldy business who received a nomination were:
Milestone days are difficult in lockdown aren’t they?
The birthdays, anniversaries and good news occasions that would usually see us all booking a table for a meal, buying a gift or meeting for a nice lunch or afternoon tea in our favourite place.
It’s hard not to get a sense of apathy when you can’t go anywhere – but I’ve challenged myself this year to still find ways to celebrate.
Valentine’s is no different, no matter what your relationship status!
And once again, I’m bowled over by the amount of amazing ideas which have come from the local businesses on my doorstep.
If you look, you’ll find a way to help your High Street at home this February 14.
Making a meal of it
Thanks to the amazing amount of brilliant Kirkcaldy eateries offering tasty treats – you will really be spoiled for choice if you’re thinking of ordering in something special.
Set the table, light the candles and love local too!
Koko Shi Kirkcaldy has a range of Valentine’s dinner and treats to pre-order including a Fish lover’s, Plant lover’s and sweet treats available from 12th to 14th February. Phone 01592 328660 to pre-order by 11th February.
Anderson’s is now delivering tasty treats 7 nights a week and have added a chocolate fonduedipping box to their menu, which they can also make dairy free too. Order from them here.
You don’t need a special someone in your life to treat yourself. And when home schooling, home working and home binging Netflix is the new norm, it’s important to remember self-care.
Ok, so you can’t visit a spa but you can have a spa at home – Bliss Beauty has an upcoming live, interactive event on 28th February which has the added bonus of raising money for a very worthy cause too.
Bliss will deliver everything you need to take part in this online facial and you can enjoy an hour of pure pampering.
Booking fee is £15. £10 is redeemable against a Clarins purchase and £5 will be donated directly to Gino’s Journey. Contact them for more details!
Everyone has that friend who needs a treat – so be her Galentine and treat her to an amazing gift to show you care.
My Cherry Pie in Kirkcaldy High Street’s Merchant’s Quarter has a range of beautiful jewellery and gifts which are available to order online.
And remember, the great thing about supporting local this Valentine’s is you’re helping your town, your community and the person behind the scenes too, who is putting their heart and soul into keep their business going.
That’s true love I’d say.
Interested in finding out more about High Street businesses? Check out our list of Merchant’s Quarter businesses here.
We run regular business engagement events, giving businesses a chance to network, share ideas and help shape a new Kirkcaldy town centre.
Join us for next event on Wednesday 3rd February, 7pm – 8.30pm (online) – we’ll be discussing how we can all work together and help each other out in these tough times.
Our business engagement events are an opportunity to find out more about who we are, get an update on our projects and plans and see how we can support you. They’re also a great space to meet other businesses and give us your ideas.
If you’re a Kirkcaldy business, we’d love to see you there. These events are open to any Kirkcaldy business, in any sector.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
It’s free to attend, but please book a place so we know you’re coming along.
Love Oor Lang Toun has welcomed news of a £20,000 funding boost to build better online services for the town centre.
Fife Council successfully bid for money for four town centres in Fife, including Kirkcaldy, from the Towns and BIDS Resilience Fund, administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
Funding is provided to local operators – in Kirkcaldy’s case Love Oor Lang Toun – to support the delivery of COVID-19 resilience and recovery projects.
The main focus for the project funding will be to continue to develop Kirkcaldy’s online resilience via ShopAppy Kirkcaldy, improve the digital infrastructure to support businesses and town centre users and encourage footfall via marketing campaigns for the town.
What will the funding be used for?
As well as re-introducing Wi-Fi for the town centre and putting measures in place in locations where the signal needs an extra boost, money will be used to help businesses via marketing &promoting the town at a local, regional and national level.
Cara Forrester of the Love Oor Lang Toun group said: “This funding is fantastic and we would like to thank everyone who worked hard to secure it for Kirkcaldy.”
“Part of supporting the town centre is about recognising the challenges faced and finding ways to solve them quickly.
“Addressing the Wi-Fi in the town centre and boosting signal “blackspots” will help augment online methods and services which are an essential part of easing the town out of lockdown and beyond.
“As well as meeting the expectations of shoppers and visitors who use devices and phones as part of their experience, it’s important to recognise the huge range of benefits from something simple like better Wi-Fi.
“Better online connectivity is essential for a 21st Century Town Centre.
It helps businesses develop effective services including ordering and payment and enables table to till transactions for the food and drink sector.
“Using digital pre-ordering of goods and services can reduce physical queues, click and collect options will bring people back into the town centre shops and enable us to look at pop up offers, information and safety messages.
“All of this work will also dovetail and complement the online shopping platform ShopAppy, introduced in May.
“This is about ensuring our technology works for us and our town, helps us get people back safely and doesn’t hinder people’s town centre experience. The online resources will enhance what businesses can offer in our town and help us build back better.”
ShopAppy Kirkcaldy was Love Oor Lang Toun’s first project, launched to limit the effect of COVID 19 on businesses in Kirkcaldy and ensure business had a quick and easy way to trade online.
Kirkcaldy is the first place in Scotland to use the multi-award-winning platform, which is partnered with Visa.
The pilot project, which was funded by Fife Council and is free for Kirkcaldy businesses until the end of March 2021, brings shops together so customers can browse and buy from local businesses in one online place.
The collective online offer can remind people what is in the town encouraging visits via click and collect and securing sales for businesses outwith normal trading hours.
ShopAppy Kirkcaldy businesses are also eligible for a small grant of £250, thanks to the support of Fife Business Gateway’s ShopAppy Kirkcaldy Transition to Trade Online fund, developed to support those signing up with costs including packaging, delivery, postage or promotion.
As lockdown restrictions are eased, businesses taking part can use the ShopAppy Kirkcaldy platform to encourage customers to click and collect from their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants also have the option of using ShopAppy Kirkcaldy’s book a seat or table and can also act as a pre-order function too.
Cara added: “We’re looking at various options including digital lockers, partnering with local businesses to offer collection points in premises or having a general collection point for goods, perhaps which could be available outwith normal working hours.
“We have to do further research into the most cost effective and right option for Kirkcaldy on this but are doing so now so we can get moving quickly.”
Love Oor Lang Toun will also produce branded marketing materials and support packs for business, strengthen information through web and social media and host virtual meetings to continue to involve all our businesses and the community in future plans.