Shona Robison MSP is encouraging Dundonians to support local and independent businesses when doing their Christmas shopping this year.

Commenting on the importance of supporting local businesses, Ms Robison said:

“With all the pressures during the holiday season, it’s understandable why so many people seek out online shopping for convenience. However, doing this means missing out on all of the fantastic and unique products available right on your doorstep. In amongst the rush, it’s worth finding the time to pop in to some local stores to find a local gift that is truly unique.

“Buying from a local retailer supports the local economy and helps keep our high streets open. Christmas is a great opportunity to see what our local traders have to offer, and I’d encourage everyone to pick up a present or two from a small local business.

On December 6th, Ms Robison visited The Place on Gray Street as part of the seventh UK-wide Small Business Saturday campaign. The campaign aims to spotlight small businesses across the UK and the unique products and services available for the communities they serve.

Beanie Cathro, owner of The Place on Gray Street, said:

“Small businesses don’t just bring diversity and authenticity to the local High Street but also help to form the character of a place rather than the perhaps more soulless, faceless and generic big stores.

“In doing so they benefit the wider local community because their individuality and originality brings visitors, and of course, everybody benefits. They strengthen the local economy as the revenue made is circulated amongst everyone.

“Overall, they are vital to the sustainability and improvement of the local high street.”

The Scottish Government currently offers business rates relief worth nearly £750 million to small businesses throughout Scotland – worth nearly £7,356,000 to over 2,000 businesses in Dundee.

Last week, Ms Robison expressed concerns about an amendment to the Non-Domestic Rates Bill voted for by opposition MSPs. The amendment devolves business relief powers away from the Scottish Government and hands them to local councils across Scotland instead.

Commenting, Ms Robison said: “More than 100,000 businesses across Scotland currently benefit from the Small Business Bonus. Under the proposals being pushed through by opposition parties, the Scottish Government would lose the power to deliver it.

“It’s important that we support local businesses throughout Dundee and across Scotland – not just at Christmas, but all year round.”



Pictured: Shona Robison (left) with Beanie Cathro (right) at The Place on Gray Street.

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