An Ayrshire taxi firm has hailed the "incredible spirit" in the community after being nominated for a Scotland Loves Local award in East Ayrshire. 

Thistle Cabs Group, which operates in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Troon and Prestwick, was nominated for the award during Scotland Loves Local week, which celebrates the best of local business. 

A number of other Kilmarnock businesses were awarded the honour, after being out forward by customers. 

The taxi company, which is based in Kilmarnock's Bonnyton Road, has sent a heartfelt message to the community following the award. 

A spokesperson said: "Your support means the world to us, and we couldn't be more proud to be part of this wonderful community.

"We're deeply committed to serving the people of East Ayrshire, providing reliable transportation, and being there whenever you need us.

"This nomination is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, from our drivers to our office staff, who work tirelessly to ensure your journeys are safe, comfortable, and convenient.

"But we also want to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible spirit of our community.

"Your support goes beyond just business it's about supporting local, nurturing small businesses, and helping our community thrive.

"Together, we're making East Ayrshire an even better place to live and work."