SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS OVER BUT WE SHOULD SHOP SMALL ALL YEAR ROUND, SAYS MSP

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS OVER BUT WE SHOULD SHOP SMALL ALL YEAR ROUND, SAYS MSP

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey is encouraging people to shop small and local all year round on the back of the annual Small Business Saturday campaign.

Small Business Saturday, which took place on December 2, is now in its sixth year in the UK, and in 2017 an estimated £748m was spent with small businesses on the campaign day.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey, who visited a number of Rutherglen and Cambuslang businesses on Small Business Saturday, is urging people to continue shopping locally and support local businesses.

Figures from the Scottish Government show there are 8,780 small enterprises across South Lanarkshire – employing 34,990 people.

Commenting, the MSP said:

“Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity for us to show how much we value local businesses in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, however it is important we keep this up all year round.

“Particularly at this time a year with Christmas just around the corner, I’d encourage people to shop locally, where possible, and support our local high streets and services.

“Each small business offers something unique and special, and it is important that we help them thrive in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players.”

ENDS

Notes:

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP with Ian of Cutting Edge Engravers on Rutherglen Main Street – taken on this year’s Small Business Saturday.

Clare Haughey MSP at Cutting Edge Engravers

Attached is a table citing the number of small businesses and employees, per Scottish local authority. Information is sourced from:

https://www2.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00543007.pdf

 

Date published: 5th December 2018

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