MSP Raises Awareness for Small Business Saturday

Stuart McMillan MSP visited local business ToeRags as part of the Small Business Saturday campaign – and encouraged local residents to show their support for small businesses in the area.

Small Business Saturday is a not-for-profit campaign, which highlights small business success and urges shoppers to support small businesses. The Scotland launch of Small Business Saturday was supported this year by Deputy First Minister John Swinney and the bus tour will kick off in John O’Groats and will tour the rest of the country.

Now entering its third year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign. Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday with 64% of the UK aware of the campaign and £504 million was spent at small businesses.

Linda Connell, Owner of ToeRags in Gourock, said:
“It’s great that Stuart was able to make a visit today. After a difficult few months because of the regeneration activity, Gourock is starting to look great again. We have it all here; from art galleries, ladies clothing, gift shops, cycle shop, flower shops, cafes and, of course, some of the most stunning views in the world. The car park is now fully operational and I hope people start to shop local again.”

Stuart McMillan MSP said,

“I am delighted to visit ToeRags to give my support for Small Business Saturday. ToeRags is a local success story. They are a Scottish owned small business who offer traditional and modern clothing for children between the ages of 0 to 5 years and are now firmly a part of the Inverclyde retail scene.”

He continued:

“Small to medium enterprises are the lifeblood of Scotland’s economy, accounting for 99% of private sector in the country. We need to ensure they continue to thrive. MSPs across the political spectrum have already given their backing and are demonstrating their support and the great work of small businesses in their areas.”

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