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Local Economy

It was hoped that the good work will continue to support and develop the retail sector – and to help it re-open and recover after the pandemic lockdown.  People appreciated the number of independent shops and thought there were opportunities for more – including suggestions for pop-up shops to make use of the empty spaces.  The Crieff Markets were also seen as a good feature and it was hoped they would continue and develop.  The accommodation and hospitality sector is strong and varied but there were suggestions for more ‘intermediate’ accommodation and to develop opportunities for outdoor eating.  The marquee in St. James Square was seen to have been a great addition – and it was hoped that covering the square to create an outdoor meeting, eating and market space could become more of a permanent fixture.  The town also benefits from a strong arts and cultural sector that was recognised and appreciated by many respondents as were the events that helped bring visitors to the community and contribute to the quality of life of local residents in Crieff and across Strathearn.  They saw the need to continue to support and develop this sector further as one of Crieff’s key assets.  Arts and culture was one of several suggestions too when people talked about the need to create a Visitor Destination Brand for the town.  Future developments include proposals for a new multi-screen ‘film and sound hub’.  Crieff has grown in its ability to support local businesses and encourage new enterprise. These resources will be needed more than ever after the pandemic.  It was recognised that the development and co-ordination required to achieve these developments will require ongoing support from Crieff Succeeds, Can Do Crieff and others like GrowBiz and Business Gateway.

Priorities & Actions

Short updates will appear as text under each progress tracker when available


1. Improve the scope of town centre retail and hospitality

Strategy to attract new specialist, independent shops 

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Use of empty shop spaces e.g. pop up shops

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Work with existing cafes, restaurants etc to create an outdoor dining experience

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Permanent cover over part of St. James Square

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Continue to market the ‘shop local’ message

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Explore options to create more accommodation in the town

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2. Visitor Destination

Options appraisal

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Agree destination purpose/s for Crieff

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Branding and marketing campaign to promote agreed destination purpose/s

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Cultural partners working together to develop a calendar of events

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3. Arts and Culture

Foster joint working and promotion

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Continue to support and develop local arts and cultural activity, groups, businesses, facilities and events as a key asset in Crieff

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Attract more artists/makers/creative businesses

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Involving young people in the development of arts and culture in Crieff

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4. Package of measures to support business development and recovery

Identify and provide support required to assist local businesses following the pandemic

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Regularly share information about local or national financial support and provide assistance to apply

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Marketing of Can Do Crieff co-working space

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Regular and relevant Biz Chat sessions in response to local business interests

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Promote GrowBiz and Business Gateway workshops for businesses to develop individuals and capacity

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Identifying opportunities for training, apprenticeships and employment for local young people

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