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Building on shop local success in West Lothian

Lothian DIY is the latest retailer to join the Scotland Loves Local West Lothian Gift Card, enhancing the practical uses of the card to support families during the cost of living crisis


Landscaping, DIY or even a full-scale building project is on the cards for residents as a local builder’s merchants joins the West Lothian ‘shop local’ initiative which is designed to fuel the economic fightback by encouraging people to spend locally.

Recipients of the West Lothian Gift Card can now spend their gift card at Lothian DIY in West Calder. Over 140 business outlets are now part of the West Lothian Gift Card initiative, including those from Livingston to Linlithgow, Bathgate to Broxburn, Whitburn to West Calder.

An independent business, Lothian DIY caters to both consumers and trade, with a retail store located on the Five Sisters Retail Park. The firm’s volumetric concrete has seen it involved in a variety of unique local building initiatives, including the penguin enclosure at Five Sisters Zoo.

The firm is active in the West Lothian community, providing trade starter kits as student of the year prizes at West Lothian College, sponsoring Livingston Football Club and supporting local primary schools.

Lothian DIY was founded by Garry Bryce in 2014. Founder Garry Bryce said being a part of the West Lothian Gift Card gives recipients of the card even greater choice:

“Gift cards can in general be limiting. What I like about the West Lothian Gift Card is that it offers far more choice than you get with a single retailer gift card. The card can be spent on the things people really want and need.

“We’re in a cost of living crisis, and being able to spend your West Lothian Gift Card on something practical, like a new hedge trimmer, materials to do up your garden or plumbing items for your bathroom renovation is appealing. It can also be used to trade up to more luxurious products than people would usually splash out on.

“When you shop local, the money stays local, so we can employ local people and give back to our community. And we wouldn’t be able to do that without people buying from us.

“The West Lothian Gift Card supports the shop local ethos and is really easy to understand, and really easy for us to accept too. It just goes through the till like any other card payment, and we look forward to people coming into our store to spend them with us.”

The West Lothian Gift Card is being led locally by West Lothian Council. West Lothian’s Executive councillor for the economy, community empowerment and wealth building, Kirsteen Sullivan said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have Lothian DIY join the 140 existing local businesses that already are involved in participating and accepting the local gift card.

“This summer period we all have the chance to step up for West Lothian, and show our continued support by thinking local first. We’re asking everyone to think hyper local with any gifts, presents, rewards and incentives, boosting the local communities and economies where you live or work.”

Nicola Hutchinson, who leads on Scotland Loves Local at STP, said: “With more than 100 businesses now signed up, the Scotland Loves Local West Lothian Gift Card is cementing its place as a real force for good, locking money into the region’s economy. It’s great to see Lothian DIY join – highlighting the card’s fantastic versatility.”

Managing director of Miconex, Colin Munro, adds: “It’s fantastic to see Lothian DIY joining the West Lothian Gift Card, enhancing the choice and flexibility of the card. Businesses can accept the West Lothian Gift Card free of charge, and it can be a route to new and repeat customers.”

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