SNP MSP Stuart McMillan is encouraging his constituents to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday, which falls on 1 December this year.
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
To show his support, the Greenock and Inverclyde will visit two new small businesses in Greenock this Friday, Café Mór and Beauty by Louise, ahead of their first Small Business Saturday.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“There are 1,615 small enterprises who have made Inverclyde their home, supporting 6,690 jobs and contributing £519m to the local economy in 2018.
“Beauty by Louise offers gift vouchers that would make an ideal present for someone who enjoys a massage or make-over, while Café Mór is the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea amid busy shopping days.
“At this time of year, our televisions, magazines, newspapers and social media channels are dominated with advertisements from the big players in the retail market, meaning small local businesses are often forgotten about when we do our Christmas shopping.
“Small Business Saturday therefore offers a prime opportunity for consumers to support their local businesses.
“During last year’s Small Business Saturday, £748 million was spent in the UK, which was up 4% from 2016.
“I’d love to see this figure go up again this year, so let’s all get out and spend some money in our local shops, with local businesses, to support local people.”