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'Spend local' plea from FSB

Shoppers urged to back Small Business Saturday

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Shoppers are being urged to switch their purchases from cyber Monday to Small Business Saturday to support the country’s independent traders.

The call comes from the Federation of Small Businesses which has produced new data showing how small companies underpin the economy.

Scottish Government figures show that Scotland’s small-to-medium sized businesses turned over £108 billion between March 2016 and March 2017, equivalent to almost £300 million per day. 

The statistics also show that these businesses provide more than half of Scottish private sector employment and account for 99% of all enterprises.

Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convener, said: “These figures underline what most people know: that smaller firms drive Scotland’s local economies. To celebrate this contribution, we’re asking Scots to choose to spend locally on the busiest shopping day of the year.    

“Whether you’re purchasing a relative’s Christmas present, or grabbing some lunch with a friend, we’d ask you to choose to spend your hard-earned cash with independent operators.

“And why wouldn’t you when local firms offer special products not stocked by the chains, and a personal touch that multinationals can’t approach?” 

Small Business Saturday is a non-commercial campaign, now in its fifth year, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’. Last year, customers spent £717m with UK small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of 15% on 2015 spending.

On Wednesday there will be a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Small Business Saturday, following a motion laid by Ash Denham MSP.  

Mr Willox said: “It is hard work to run a small business, especially during the festive period when many firms open their doors while we’re opening our selection boxes. 

“By promoting local traders, MSPs are letting Scotland’s small business community know that they value their contribution. We want as may parliamentarians as possible to give a namecheck to their favourite local firm.”


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