SNP MSP Stuart McMillan is encouraging consumers in Inverclyde to shop locally and support the 1,710 small businesses in the local economy.
The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget. This includes the Small Business Bonus scheme that has already saved smaller firms £1.5bn, lifting 100,000 business premises out of rates altogether.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“Shopping locally is good for communities, good for the environment, and great for the local economy – supporting 9,610 workers in Inverclyde who are employed in our local small businesses.
“Gourock town centre has thrived in recent years from retailers opening up small businesses and it’s been to the benefit of residents living there and for tourism purposes. They have proved how vital local businesses are to establishing a sense of welcome in our communities for both locals and visitors.
“I’m extremely proud of all the small businesses in Inverclyde and visited various retailers on Small Business Saturday to show my support.
“Today’s market provides many new challenges for retailers, including the move to online shopping, as well as Brexit-fuelled inflation and more expensive imports that translate into higher prices at the checkout. Brexit is the biggest threat facing the Scottish economy and the SNP will continue challenging the Tory government’s extreme Brexit plans and standing up for Scottish businesses and jobs.
“Given these challenges, wherever possible, we should all seek to support Inverclyde’s huge variety of brilliant independent, locally run businesses. Each small business offers something unique and special, and it is important that we support them and help our local economy to thrive in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players.”