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Black Isle 'shop local' showcase offers boost to local businesses and craftspeople

By Hector MacKenzie

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CRAFTSPEOPLE and small businesses on the Black Isle are being invited to showcase their goods and services via a special online forum this weekend.

The idea is the brainchild of the Facebook group Black Isle Notice Board (BNIB).

It has become a community hub where Black Islers and others can pool knowledge and expertise.

It has posted an invitation to local Black Isle craftspeople and other small businesses that it is planning to run a special BINB #ShopLocalShowcase event over the weekend of October 24/24.

It says: "We want to encourage people to buy gifts and services locally, right here in the Black Isle, rather than shopping online or in town."

It's a chance to showcase goods and services and to share stories of how businesses got started,

People will also be able to flag up any community events they plan to attend during November and December where people can meet them and see their work.

The service is being run free of charge by volunteers who only ask they people begin their post with #ShopLocalShowcase.

Community market or craft fair organisers can also posr. The only criteria is that they must be based in the Black Isle itself – which for the purposes of the Facebook group includes Beauly, Muir of Ord, Maryburgh and Conon Bridge.

The group posted: "Please help us spread the word – we will be reminding everyone nearer the time to try to ensure a great virtual turnout. We have never tried something quite like this before but we are keen to help our community."

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