Published date : 19 Aug 2020

Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth has encouraged her constituents to support local businesses after meeting the owner of Italian restaurant Base in Leven.


The MSP met with Ewan Brown to hear about how the reopened business has adapted following the coronavirus outbreak.


Ewan had been in touch with Jenny for help and advice for his business during lockdown – one of many local businesses the constituency MSP has assisted since March.


During lockdown, Base was used as a hub to deliver care packages throughout the town, making bags up with bread, butter, milk even nappies on many occasions. Essentials such as bread, butter, milk and nappies were delivered to families who were either isolating or who had fallen on hardship.


The restaurant has now reopened with a range of distancing and hygiene measures in place to help limit the spread of the virus and keep customers and staff safe. As capacity in the restaurant has reduced, Base are also offering a green delivery service with team members cycling around the town and beyond.


Following her visit to Base, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“Our local businesses need our support now more than ever and many, like Base, have been working hard to adjust how they work to follow government guidance and keep customers safe. It is clear that Ewan and his team have rooted their business at the heart of the Leven community and have gone to great lengths to ensure a safe return for customers.  

“That’s why I have given my support to the Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Scotland Loves Local campaign, which acts as a reminder to us all that our town centres are more than just a series of buildings and pavements – they are made by our people for our people. Every time you shop or eat out locally, you are helping Scotland’s financial fightback from coronavirus.

“I have been helping businesses and organisations in my constituency throughout the coronavirus crisis to access advice and financial support from the Scottish Government.

“Any local business owner who needs advice on coronavirus or any other issue can get in touch with me by email to or by calling my constituency office on 01592 764815.”


Base owner, Ewan Brown, said:

“I am grateful to Jenny for all of her advice and assistance during coronavirus. It has been a huge help to our business and we were delighted to welcome her to the restaurant to talk about how we’ve adapted to operating in the new normal.

“Base is our first business venture together; we basically treat it like our child with so much love for the place. Since reopening, we’ve had some great feedback and support from our regulars and the Leven community.

“We’re currently participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and customers can be assured of a warm welcome and safe dining experience when they visit us.”




  • Photo attached: Jenny Gilruth MSP outside Base in Leven with owner, Ewan Brown.
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