MSP supports Small Business Saturday

Mairi Evans offers support for Small Business Saturday.

Mairi Evans offers support for Small Business Saturday.

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SNP MSP for Angus North & Mearns, Mairi Evans, has offered her support for this weekend’s Small Business Saturday – which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses.

Mairi Evans intends to visit local businesses across Angus North & Mearns as part of the Small Business Saturday – and pointed to SNP Government action to support small businesses across Scotland, including the small business bonus and the £500 million growth fund.

Statistics from the Scottish Government show there are 13,395 small enterprises across Aberdeenshire – contributing £6,678 million to the local economy.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Angus North & Mearns Mairi Evans said: “Small Business Saturday is an excellent initiative and one which helps to support local businesses throughout Angus North & Mearns.

“The SNP in government has always made efforts to support small businesses across Aberdeenshire, from introducing and extending the small business bonus to launching a growth fund worth £500m to deal with the new challenges created by Brexit.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Scotland’s economy, supporting jobs and growth in our communities, as well as providing an invaluable service to people across Aberdeenshire. With over 13,395 small enterprises across Aberdeenshire, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to get out and shop locally.

“I encourage all constituents to join me on Saturday by visiting local businesses to show support for the Small Business Saturday initiative. With the week coming just weeks before Christmas in the busiest retail time of the year, people should use the opportunity to look at what is on offer in the local shops in Aberdeenshire.

“Last year’s event saw £623 million spent across local businesses in the UK, and by getting more people out in their local shops this weekend we can achieve even more – helping to support jobs throughout Angus North & Mearns.”