Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown highlighted the importance of small, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday which took place on Saturday 6th December.
To mark the day, the Labour politicians visited Cardcabin, a local shop and tearoom in Dumfries, with Dumfries Fedration of Small Businesses Chair, Brian Sherman.
The initiative is now in its second year after proving a success in its first where it delivered £460 million of spending with UK small firms.
Of the 6000 businesses in Dumfries and Galloway, nearly 90% employ less than ten people.
Elaine Murray MSP said:
“I don’t think our local businesses are given enough credit in this area. Not only do they give our region so much character but they also have such a positive impact on our local economy, employing around 30,000 people in Dumfries & Galloway alone. That is why it is so important that we show our support and make every effort to shop locally, especially in the run up to Christmas.”
Russell Brown MP added:
“There seems to be a bit of a myth going about that local retailers offer a smaller range of products with a bigger price tag than some of the larger, nationwide retailers and it simply isn’t true. We value our local businesses, not only because they are run by hardworking local people but because of the more personal feeling you get when you walk in. Small Business Saturday is only one day a year. It’s time for us to make this a more regular occurrence and support our local businesses throughout the year.”