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Council Backs Christmas 2021 with Gift Guide

Retail sales return to growth as shoppers start Christmas spending early

Last year a region wide gift guide curated local goods and services as inspiration for Christmas presents.

This came about because of funding given to the Perth and Kinross Council by the Scottish Towns Partnership.

And now, the towns partnership’s grant to the council of £15,000 is helping to support independent businesses to connect with customers this festive season.

 Councillor Murray Lyle said: “Perth and Kinross has a wonderful array of independent retailers and I’m sure this gift guide will help shoppers choose the right presents for their loved one this Christmas.

“There is a lot on in Perth and our towns in the run up to Christmas so shoppers can make a real day of it when they visit and use this guide to help them find out what’s happening and, when they need to refuel, the best places to eat and drink.

“We know the festive trading season is hugely important to businesses and we hope this guide will help bring them some Christmas cheer after the difficulties of last year.”

Some of the businesses included in gift guide include some of Highland Perthshire’s own tourism attractions, experiences and produce.

Iain McDonald of Perth Gin, Chairperson of Perth Traders’ Association, commented: “It has been another tough year for our independent retailers and eateries and so we are hugely encouraged by PKC’s decision to back such an extensive Shop Local in Perth campaign.

“With over 120 gift ideas, the guide clearly shows that Perth is still very much alive with quality, independent shops who would love to help our local Perth and Kinross residents – and visitors to the area – find those special buys this Christmas.   

“Ensuring that everyone works together to provide a positive narrative around Perth is crucial, and a strong private-public partnership will help us build a more resilient recovery as we move into 2022.”

More information on the gift guide can be found on: https://www.perthcity.co.uk/section/independent-shop-local-gift-guide/perthshire-experiences

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