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Introducing Independent Stirling

Shopping locally and supporting local businesses has never been more important.

We want to celebrate and promote the diverse range of independent businesses Stirling has to offer and make it easy for everyone to know who and where these businesses are, what their stories are and who the personalities behind them are.

That’s why we are introducing a new brand called ‘Independent Stirling’. This is our customer-facing brand that exists to promote Stirling and our unique independent businesses.

This week, we are excited to share the new website with you. You can access it via IndependentStirling.co.uk

Other benefits of this new initiative include:

  • each independent business displaying an ‘I’m In’ sticker identifying that they are an independent business, so everybody that visits knows.
  • New website with an interactive online map of Stirling’s independent businesses with links to their websites, social media and content about the businesses. It also includes guides & tips, business stories and special offers from local businesses.
  • Photos of your businesses.
  • A story written about your business.
  • The option to create and share content on the website.
  • Regular marketing of Stirling and your business and the option to share news about your business with our newsletter subsribers.

We would love to hear what you think and if there’s anything that you’d like us to include on the website about your business (blog post, special offers etc.), please get in touch.


Free Essential Training for Businesses

Have you hired new staff recently? Chances are you need to train them. We have all of the key essential online training courses for businesses available on our training platform at no cost to your business.

The courses include Fire Safety, Allergen Awareness, Food Safety Awareness and many more. We are also the first BID to offer Alcohol Licensing Awareness (Scotland) Training, so now when you can once again serve alcohol inside your premises, make sure you’re compliant and train your staff before they pour their first pint.

Enrol your staff today!


Current Projects & Business Support Available

Join City Centre Business Facebook Group

Let’s discuss issues that matter to you.
Share your feedback with us, tell us about initiatives you’d like to see implemented, network with fellow traders or report city centre cleanliness issues.

Join the Stirling City Centre Business Group on Facebook.

Shop Front Improvement Grant

Make your shop front stand out with the help of our shop front improvement grant.
And if you need to invest a larger sum of money on your shopfront, our friends at the Stirling City Heritage Trust have just introduced their own shop front grant to support businesses. Find out more.

E-commerce Grant

Our e-commerce grant is still available to businesses located in the Business Improvement District.

Improve your digital presence and have more customers coming through your door. Businesses can use the grant for anything digital including booking systems and photography. Learn more.


News from Stirling and Our Partners 

Tolbooth Lighting Project

Stirling Council would like to hear your opinion on Tolbooth Lighting Project. This project is at a final design stage and the Council are now looking for views of the public before it moves to the approval stage.

View and comment on the proposed lighting designs on this website: https://engage.stirling.gov.uk/en-GB/projects/tolbooth-lighting-project

Forth Valley Employers Club

The Forth Valley Employer’s Club was founded by STEP and run in partnership with Ceteris, Alloa First, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Engagement Forum and Go Forth Stirling.

The Club plays a crucial role in shaping the Forth Valley area’s employability support, funded skills training and other employment support available.

There are over 4000 employers in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. That’s thousands of business owners with similar employee problems, HR issues and more. The employers’ club is your opportunity to join other employers to share best practice on topics such as recruitment, skills development and more.

At each meeting, the Club will focus on a particular topic. want to hear from you about your needs as an employer so we will discuss and listen to your needs to help shape future available support.

Kickstart – Forth Valley Gateway Vacancy Portal

All Kickstart Vacancies through the Forth Valley Local Authority Gateway are now live: https://forthvalleyjobs.hanlonsonline.co.uk/Default.aspx

Kickstart is a government scheme designed to create high quality 6-month placements for 16-24 year olds at risk of long-term unemployment. Kickstart is open for applications until December this year, with the scheme funding covering 100% of the national minimum wage (plus NI contributions) for 25-hours per week on a 6-month placement. On top of this employers receive £1500 per placement to cover set up costs and employability support.

Find out more about the Kickastart scheme at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant.

and more…

Access the newsletter sent on 19/05/2021 here

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