A COMPANY in Sanquhar has been shortlisted for an accolade which honours and promotes the power of local business.

The Institute of Local Television has been nominated for Creative Town at the inaugural Scotland Loves Local Awards.

It will go up against Impact Arts and West Kilbride Community Initiative and First Business Improvement District, in Paisley, to contest the winning spot.

It comes after individuals, businesses and community organisations across the country were nominated by people who have seen and felt the positive impact of their work and wish them to be recognised.

Phil Prentice (pictured), Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) chief officer, said: “All of our shortlisted entries stand testament to the dedication and innovation of those who make our communities great places in which to live.

“I can’t wait to hear more about their stories and the difference they make. My thanks also to our sponsors for making these awards possible.”

Others in Ayrshire shortlisted for an award are Dementia Friendly Prestwick who are nominated for Streets and Spaces due to their promenade work, and Kilmarnock Business Association and East Ayrshire Council who are up for Most Innovative Town.

Winners will be announced during an online event presented by STV’s Sean Batty to be broadcast via social media on Thursday, November 25.

The celebration will also be the culmination of the Scotland’s Towns Conference, a week-long showcase and celebration of innovation improving the nation’s towns and places. The recipient of the 2021 High Street Hero Award will be announced during the event.

For more information about the awards and the wider Scotland Loves Local campaign, click here.