Tesco shoppers set for Bags of Help vote

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

VOTING is set to get underway in Tesco’s £12.5million Bags of Help initiative.

Shoppers can vote in store to decide which of three projects in their community they would like to receive a grant of £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which sees money raised from the 5p bag levy, being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects across the country. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.    

Voting is open in stores across Scotland from 31 October to 13 November. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

The bag charge has already raised millions for good causes across Scotland.

Tony McElroy, Head of Communications for Tesco in Scotland, said: “Voting is just days away and we couldn’t be more excited to get round two of Bags of Help underway in Scotland.

“More than 1200 community groups will receive £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 to invest in their local projects.

“I’d urge shoppers to get down to their local store and vote for which of the shortlisted projects they would like to see come to life with a Bags of Help grant.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said: “The countdown is on until voting opens for round two of the Bags of Help initiative.

The grants will make a real difference to more than 1,200 community groups and projects the length and breadth of the country.”


Issued by Beattie, The Creative Communications Group.

For further information please contact:

Kenny Angove 01698 787843 kenny.angove@onlybeattie.com

Claire Young 01698 787849 claire.young@onlybeattie.com


  • 1,251 organisations from Tesco’s 417 regions up and down the UK will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund
  • 156 organisations across Tesco’s 52 regions up and down Scotland will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund
  • The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags
  • More than 2,800 groups up and down the UK applied for grants from the scheme. These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions
  • greenspace scotland is Scotland’s parks and greenspace charity – working towards the goal that everyone living and working in urban Scotland should have easy access to quality greenspace which meets local needs and improves their quality of life and are the delivery in partner Scotland for Groundwork
  • For more information please visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp