Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Alex Rowley has shown his support to this year’s Small Business Saturday by paying a visit to the Plant Market in Hillend, a local business in his constituency.
Launched in 2013 with the support of Labour, Small Business Saturday is now the biggest annual celebration of small businesses in the UK and brought a boost to local economies across the country.
Last year’s Small Business Saturday saw customers spend £623m with small businesses– a 24% increase on Small Business Saturday in 2014.
Consumers are being encouraged to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of local businesses to their communities.
Speaking about the campaign Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mr Rowley said:
“Small businesses and independent shops are the heart of many communities across Scotland. They make such an important contribution to our high streets and town centres. Not only that, many help foster an identity and sense of community for an area. It is important to recognise these contributions as well as the financial boost they offer to local economies.
“It is great to support this campaign, and I hope more people are encouraged to shop small and local to offer support to these vital businesses. There are many fantastic local businesses across Mid Scotland & Fife, and I would encourage people to pay a visit to one near them.