Kirsty McIntosh explained about the SOLE Dunbar project in her guest blog back in April last year. Now she gives an update on the new funding that the Scottish Tech Army have secured to build on the initial pilot and to roll out this project to other towns in East Lothian.
“Every high street has been struggling to compete with the growth of online shopping and they’ve been even harder hit by the pandemic. As locals we all want vibrant, interesting town centres that we can support and enjoy, but sometimes finding a good reason to come ‘into town’ can be a challenge. For many of us who have spent years travelling to and from work, knowing what’s local can be a bit of a mystery if you don’t have time to look. In addition, it’s not always convenient to come to town, but you’d like to give your support digitally if you can and with SOLE you’ll be able to shop locally online if that’s what you want to do.
SOLE is both a website and a mobile app and from early next year, engagement teams will be contacting businesses and local community groups in Dunbar, North Berwick, Haddington, Tranent and Musselburgh to work with them to fill the platform with all the information you’ll need to support your town. Having a presence on the site is free.
The platform will be refreshed regularly with up-to-date news, upcoming events and a be place for new businesses to launch. We’ll be developing trails and activities to draw you through your local towns and discover more about things such as local food production, heritage and environmental stories. You’ll be able to find the businesses where you can redeem your Gift Cards, be notified about special offers and be the first to know about things that interest you.
To help make all this possible, the Scottish Tech Army has secured funding from the UK Community Recovery Fund and has a number of 6-month contracts available to work on the next phase of the as they expand it across East Lothian. Roles available include a Project Manager, Marketing Manager, Digital Marketing Executive, a Community Engagement specialist per town and a Customer Success team of 5. Head of Partnerships at the STA, Kirsty McIntosh explains more in this video: https://vimeo.com/660706063. The job specs can be found here: https://www.scottishtecharmy.org/sole-recruitment.”