George Adam MSP has today called on people in Paisley to back Small Business Saturday this weekend (5th December) and support local businesses.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking everyone to do their bit in backing Small Business Saturday by choosing, where possible, to use local independent businesses to buy their Christmas gifts.
Commenting, George said:
“This year, as in previous years, there has been much hype around so-called Black Friday sales and big discounts from online retailers, often to the detriment of local shops. That’s why next weekend I’ll be showing my support for local shops, as I do throughout the year across Paisley.
“While I appreciate that household budgets are stretched more than ever at this time of year – we should do everything we can to shop local businesses which are often at the heart of our communities. My wife and I try every year only to buy each other Christmas gifts from shop in Paisley. You might initially think this would be challenging, but if you give Paisley a chance, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. And let’s remember, the more we shop in our town centre, the more likely it is that more business will open up, further increasing the options we all have.
“The SNP government doing everything it can to revitalise our town centres and support small businesses. That’s why the Scottish Government has reduced or removed business rates for almost 100,000 businesses in Scotland through the Small Business Bonus Scheme. This has helped the many shops in Piazza, which defies the trend of empty outlets in other towns and has full occupancy. Also, around my office on Johnston Street, we now have full occupancy, with a number of hairdressers, a fantastic flower shop, cloth shops and a number of food outlets.
“I hope shoppers throughout Paisley can find time to support our local, independent businesses when carrying out their Christmas shopping this year. I am sure local spending will be very much appreciated by local retailers and their staff.”
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The FSB supports Small Business Saturday. More details can be found on their Facebook page and on their website