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George Welcomes Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices, and the campaign theme for 2018 is
‘Apprenticeships are the Business’.

 

 

George said,

 

‘I wholeheartedly support this scheme and agree that Apprenticeships really are the business. It’s vitally important that young people are given opportunities to learn and improve their practical skills, and apprenticeships are the perfect way to do both simultaneously.’

 

Organised by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprenticeship Week highlights the commitment of businesses that invest in the skills of their workforce, and shows the success of apprentices who have chosen work-based learning to get qualified to develop their careers.

 

‘Business that take on apprentices and truly invest in their employees are what we want to see more of in today’s market so I was delighted to see the great scheme at St. Mirren first hand.’

 

‘Both boys, Conor McBrearty and Matthew Reilly, who are apprentice players at the club, spoke very highly of their apprenticeship and are very enthusiastic about the doors this will open for them in the future.’

 

‘The boys are very driven and seem to be throwing themselves into everything the apprenticeship has to offer. It’s great to see a big local name supporting local boys to reach their potential.’

George Backs Small Business Saturday

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.George in Paisley Town Centre

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