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Together we’re working to strengthen the voice of the community-based media sector and bring to light real stories from Scotland’s communities.

From the ashes – Port Ellen Distillery re-opens

The Ileach Port Ellen Distillery was originally established as a malt mill in 1825, before …

Proposed ‘Visitor Levy’ Will Have Little Benefit for Local Pentland Businesses

Paul Fisher Cockburn, C&B News Scottish Government plans to enable local councils to impose a …

Forging the Path: the rise of Black migrant women entrepreneurs in Scotland

The UK Government’s most recent laws on migration, such as the Illegal Immigration Act 2023 …
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The Visitor Levy: How it works in other cities

The Scots love a holiday, with around 70 percent of Scotland’s population going on at …
Orkney

Inclusions and exclusions as Visitor Levy Bill passes stage 2

Which visitors to Orkney should be paying a locally administered tax for staying here and …

The visitor levy as leverage – views from Leith

The Edinburgh Reporter interviewed Edinburgh Council Leader Cllr Cammy Day last month as elected representatives …

Rising Food Bank Use Across Scotland’s Communities

The Trussell Trust charity recently revealed that they had distributed 128,490 emergency food parcels in Scotland between April and September 2023 This is more than ever before for this six-month …

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