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The virus won’t retire us! One Linlithgow secures £15,000 external funding

Many BIDs across the UK are being forced to mothball until businesses can reopen. This will make it doubly difficult for them to be there ready to help when the time comes.

At One Linlithgow, because we predicated our business plan on strong ties with community groups that are more than just lip service, we’ve secured £15,000 Government funding to support the local COVID-19 response. We’ll be providing meaningful, direct support to our members and the wider Linlithgow community, but the continued operation also means that we’ll be prepared for the slow return to feet on streets, promoting businesses and ensuring that customers trust Linlithgow to take sensible measures to prevent/mitigate further outbreaks.

We won’t be issuing any demands for payment of BID levy until at least September 2020 and we’ll be using the external funding to deliver our part of the town-wide community response until then, so that no member business must subsidise activity while closed down.

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Loyalty Lottery; the jackpot won’t stop!

There’s not much good news for businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re keeping spirits high with the Loyalty Lottery!

February 2020 saw winners made in Mackie & Brechin vets, Lilypond Crafts & Gifts, and Complete Health at the Millstone. The streets of Linlithgow looked very different when those lucky transactions were made, with most towns and cities across the globe now eerily quiet… but we at One Linlithgow have vowed to unite those loyal local shoppers and service users with their goodies!

Any winners in self-isolation, or practising social distancing, can call up their favourite outlets and browse “virtually”, before selecting their prizes and having us deliver them contact-free to their door.

We’re also working on more comprehensive ways to keep retail afloat in these difficult months – and we understand the urgency of enacting emergency measures without delay. Keep an eye on this site and our social media channels, or contact us using the form (just click “contact” on the main menu) for the latest.

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Not a Scrooge in sight on late-shopping night

Ding dong, merrily on high… in Linlithgow, the tills are ringing!

One Linlithgow would like to thank every business taking part in the 2019 festive late shopping event on Thursday 28th November. The event was an enormous success and participating shops were truly “stowed out” with shoppers snapping up bargains, chomping mince pies and savouring mugs of hot mulled wine!

There wasn’t a single negative comment from the businesses we spoke to, with many remarking that they had actually been busy all day long – and that the event should be expanded. Plans are now in place to rebrand the 2020 event “Christmas Shopping Day” and we can’t wait!

The event saw the proud relaunch of favourite project, the Linlithgow Loyalty Lottery. After a short hiatus while businesses voted One Linlithgow in to existence, festive late-shoppers were rewarded with a chance to win one of four £50 vouchers! The monthly draw will be running from December 2019 onwards, so have a look at our “Loyalty Lottery” project page and, more importantly, head along to a participating outlet and get shopping local. There’s £100 to be won every month!

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Never mind the ballots…

…here’s One Linlithgow!

On 1st October 2019, following the previous day’s announcement of its decisive victory at ballot, One Linlithgow was born. It is an Improvement District, which means that it’s subsidised by the businesses of Linlithgow and, by extension, that it exists primarily to represent their interests and to make Linlithgow a better place to live, work and do business.

To the businesses, community groups and Steering Group volunteers, who made it possible to secure five more years of guaranteed, targeted investment in our amazing town… thank you.