Islanders are being encouraged to shop locally tomorrow and support the local economy
this Small Business Saturday.
The event is said to have boosted takings for small shops by £717 million last year
in Scotland, and with research showing that money spent locally is more likely to
stay in the local economy, a key aim of this campaign is to encourage lasting, year-round
support for small businesses.
There are 1,175 small businesses in the Western Isles, employing 5,410 workers.
MSP Alasdair Allan commented: ““Small Business Saturday is an excellent initiative
and I am delighted to show my support for it. Each small business offers something
unique and special, and it’s important that we support them in a market that’s increasingly
dominated by the big players.”
He added: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and account for more
than two thirds of people in the Western Isles employed by businesses.
“They account for 99% of businesses across the country, supporting jobs and growth
in our communities as well as providing an invaluable service to consumers.
“Since 2009, the SNP Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme has provided a total
of £1.5bn rates relief and last year a £500m growth fund was set up to cope with
the new challenges posed by a Tory hard Brexit.
“I would encourage all constituents to consider visiting small local businesses tomorrow
in support of Small Business Saturday.”