A GRANT scheme is helping Stirling's business owners revamp their online shops.

As part of Go Forth Stirling business improvement district's (BID) Covid-19 support package, an e-commerce grant has been launched to start up and develop online activity.

Match-funded contributions of up to £1,000 are available for the self-employed, sole-traders plus micro and small businesses who are members of the BID.

Danielle McRorie-Smith, project director at Go Forth Stirling, said: “With more and more people shopping online due to the lockdown, the new Stirling e-commerce grant scheme offers businesses the chance to develop an extra dimension to the services they currently provide by either creating an online presence or revitalising the appearance of their current online platform.

“Online shopping is not only part of the future; it is very much the present and the support we are offering through this initiative will help local businesses navigate the huge challenges the coronavirus pandemic has presented.

“It will also help preserve their presence on the high street by improving online platforms and giving shoppers more of an insight into what’s on offer both on and offline.”

The initiative is being backed by Stirling Council.

Councillor Margaret Brisley, convener of the Finance and Economy Committee, said: “Stirling Council and our partners are fully aware of the ongoing impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on local businesses.

“We are living in a digital age and the e-commerce grant initiative by the business improvement district will help protect jobs, assist in the prevention of business closure and promote economic recovery.”

Applications are on a first come, first served basis, click here for more details.