Penicuik charity shops have a key role to play

The Salvation Army Shop, Shopping Precinct, Penicuik.
The Salvation Army Shop, Shopping Precinct, Penicuik.

Penicuik has the highest proportion of charity shops for a town in Scotland, a new study into the average high street has revealed.

Research by the Local Data Company and Stirling University discovered that the Midlothian town has the greatest proportion of charity shops for a town, at 8.9 per cent.

Aberdeen has the highest proportion of charity shops for a city, at 4.2 per cent.

Penicuik has five charity shops all within a few yards of each other in the town centre precinct – Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Salvation Army, Oxfam and St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

In light of the statistics, local organisations have been promoting the positives of the findings.

Edward Linton-Smith, the Penicuik First BIDs project manager, said: “The charity shops are valuable to Penicuik, attracting footfall to the town centre from customers donating goods or hunting for bargains, and after a successful ‘Yes’ vote next year, they will contribute to the community fund in exactly the same way as other eligible businesses in the BID area.

“Often forgotten is the fact that charity shops represent good causes such as medical research or fundraising for those in need.

“Their strong principled support for Penicuik First and the opportunities it will provide for the town centre shows that they are also dedicated to regenerating the heart of our community, and should be credited for doing so.

“When all of the BID-area businesses join forces with Penicuik First, we will attract new businesses to the town centre, and there will be room for everybody.”

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