#OnYourBusStop launched by Stagecoach Bluebird and Moray Council to support local businesses and sustainable travel

PEOPLE have been urged to hop on board to support businesses and grab themselves some discounts across Moray.

Ghillie Basan ready to hop on the bus with a canine friend.

Stagecoach Bluebird and Moray Council have joined forces with Moray’s Food and Drink Ambassador, Ghillie Basan.

#OnYourBusStop Moray has gathered support from businesses across to form a directory of partner offers, deals and discounts, exclusively for Stagecoach bus users.

The deals and discounts range from free coffee to up to 50 per cent off products.

It will run throughout September, with a diverse range of partner businesses involved.

These include Brodie Castle; The Re:Store; Elgin Museum; the

Humble Burger Co; Blue Coast Surf and Paddle; Moray Art Center; Younger Day Spa; Cullen Sea School; IT Central and Purple Nightclub.

By highlighting the abundance of activities, experiences and places accessible by bus throughout Moray, the campaign encourages individuals and families to explore the local area while benefiting from the exclusive #OnYourBusStop offers and capitalizing on the

advantages of bus travel from affordability to environmental benefits.

It is free to sign up and partner businesses are listed on the campaign’s website. Partners will also benefit from exposure to several well-established databases, including Visit Moray Speyside.

Daniel Laird, commercial director for Stagecoach Bluebird said: “We have already welcomed over 20 partners on board the campaign and look forward to seeing many more local businesses joining the initiative as we encourage people to explore more from their bus stop.

“It’s free to become a partner, all we ask is that you offer an incentive for bus users to visit you.

“The more unusual the better, so feel free to be creative. We know how

hard it is for small businesses right now so we hope this will provide an

opportunity to promote your business for free.”

To redeem offers, bus users must show a valid ticket purchased on the day of claim or provide proof of online purchase for tickets bought online or through the Stagecoach app.

Donald MacRae, public transport manager for Moray Council said: “While the campaign highlights lots of the fantastic activities and experiences available here in Moray, we are also encouraging individuals and families to consider the benefits of bus travel for their everyday

needs, from commuting to shopping and running errors.

“Catching the bus offers an accessible solution for everyone, not just non-drivers, as well as safety, comfort and affordability. In the current climate, with fuel prices soaring, your local bus offers an affordable and environmentally friendly option.”

Currently, all young people aged between 5 and 21 living in Scotland can apply to join the Young Person’s free bus Travel Scheme.

“We all look forward to seeing the over 60’s concession card holders returning to public transport and benefiting from our partner offers as their confidence in both safety and hygiene of public transport grows and Covid concerns ease.”

Local author, broadcaster and food anthropologist Ghillie Basan is working in partnership with Moray Council and Stagecoach Bluebird to encourage individuals and businesses to engage with the campaign.

As Regional Food Tourism Ambassador for Moray, appointed by

Scotland Food and Drink and the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Ghillie is working closely with #OnYourBusStop to champion food, drink, hospitality, and tourism businesses.

She is set to launch an exclusive #OnYourBusStop culinary experience bus route.

Ghillie said: “We have so many wonderful food, drink and active

tourism experiences to offer within easy access to a bus stop. Not only is it a sustainable way to travel, it is a relaxing and pleasurable one – you can go out for the day in a big group instead of packing everyone into two or three cars; you don’t have to worry about parking and fuel; and you can enjoy a local gin or dram.”

Adam El-Naggar, Owner of Blue Coast Surf Paddle, added: “I’m excited for Blue Coast to be involved in the #OnYourBusStop campaign, making the many exciting activities and businesses available locally accessible in a sustainable way and maybe even encouraging folk to try something new in the sea.”

To search #OnYourBusStop partner deals and offers or to sign your business up as a partner,visit www.onyourbusstopmoray.co.uk.

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