County group SOLE (Supporting Our Local Economy) has been named the winner of the Digital Towns category at the Scotland Loves Local Awards.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the Scotland Loves Local Awards – which were held in Kilmarnock on November 16 – recognised the work taking place to improve communities.

SOLE is a mobile device app and social enterprise which is led by Scottish Tech Army, with support from the UK Community Renewal Fund and East Lothian Council.

The app provides access to a community of digitally engaged residents, allowing businesses to showcase products and offers.

It has more than 2,100 registered users and has been rolled out in all six council wards in East Lothian.

Kirsty McIntosh, of Scottish Tech Army, said: “This is brilliant recognition of all of the hard work that the team at SOLE has done in East Lothian. We’re very grateful to East Lothian Council for all their support.”

Professor Leigh Sparks, STP chairman, said: “The dedication of people to deliver for their community never fails to amaze us. And, whether through responding to the climate emergency, improving our streetscape, creating new homes or urging people to choose local, our finalists and award winners stand testament to the innovation and determination which will create better town centres as part of a stronger, more sustainable Scotland.

“Their communities should be very proud of them.”

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