A Glasgow North manager has received national recognition for her hard work in the local community.

A "driving force" in the mission to regenerate the Possilpark area has had her inspirational leadership honoured.

Jackie Shearer, manager of Possilpark Business Improvement District (BID), has been named as winner of the Scotland Loves Local Place Leader Award.

The accolade recognises her critical role in launching a new BID and kickstarting work to revive the Saracen Street area.

News of her award was announced during an online celebration, presented by STV’s Sean Batty.

Jackie said: “Over the past year we have been developing a number of projects. The big one is the shopfront refurb scheme. 

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“That’s kitting out a new shop front for about 12 units.

“We’re going back to a heritage theme in Saracen Street and it’s really nice to see all of those original features being revealed.”

After feedback from those living and working in the area, planters have also been installed to brighten up the area.

Jackie added: “Winning the award for Possilpark BID goes beyond the improvement district itself. 

“It’s an award for the wider community. Everyone really will get value and pleasure from knowing their area has won.”

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Judges had been told: “Supported by her direction, an alliance of businesses, public authorities, a social landlord and politicians has come together as part of a pilot project which is setting about showing what the power of collaboration can deliver, with a BID which combines a business and community model to revitalise the area.

Possilpark BID is building on community and business links and drawing on the area’s heritage to create a better future under the banner of ‘Remaking Saracen’.

Work got underway in 2019, with organisations including North Glasgow Homes, after traders said they wanted to “lift the look and feel of the street”.

Organised by Scotland's Towns Partnership (STP), the Scotland Loves Local Awards recognised and rewarded the work taking place to transform communities, including tackling the climate emergency and creating art.

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The LEAP Project - another Glasgow initiative providing befriending, handyperson, over 50 and clothing swap services - was a runner up in the Climate category.

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of STP, said: “You cannot fail but to be both humbled and energised by the fantastic work that all of our nominees are doing to create a fairer, stronger, more sustainable future where local life is the heartbeat of Scotland.

“They go above and beyond, day in, day out to help create communities which we will all be the better for and deserve this rich recognition. My congratulations go to all of our finalists.”