Helensburgh residents who have received a Scotland Loves Local gift card from Argyll and Bute Council are being urged to ensure it is activated before the deadline.

The cards were sent out to households across Argyll and BUte in receipt of a council tax reduction at the end of November 2022.

Almost 7,000 residents were given a card worth £120, which can be spent at 280 businesses in Argyll and Bute.

So far, around 5,000 cards have been activated.

The project was supported by a £1.48 million Covid recovery funding package from the Scottish Government.

Households have until Tuesday, February 28 to activate their card. Once activated, they will have 12 months to spend the amount.

To do so, cardholders must visit the Scotland Loves Local website and enter the 16-digit card number and activation code included in their letter from the council.

Details of the businesses taking part in the scheme can be found here.