A North East MSP has called for people to back small businesses at the weekend.
Nigel Don has today called on the communities in Angus North and Mearns to back Small Business Saturday this weekend (December 5) and support local retaliers.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking everyone to do their bit in backing Small Business Saturday by choosing, where possible, to use local independent businesses to buy their Christmas gifts.
Mr Don, MSP for Angus North and the Mearns, said: “This year, as in previous years, there has been much hype around so-called Black Friday sales and big discounts from online retailers, often to the detriment of local shops.
“That’s why next weekend I’ll be showing my support for local shops, as I do throughout the year across Angus North and Mearns.
“While I appreciate that household budgets are stretched more than ever at this time of year – we should do everything we can to support local businesses which are often at the heart of our communities.
“The SNP government doing everything it can to revitalise our town centres and protect small businesses.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has reduced or removed business rates for almost 100,000 businesses in Scotland through the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
“I hope shoppers throughout my constituency can find time to support our local, independent businesses when carrying out their Christmas shopping this year.
“I am sure local spending will be very much appreciated by local retailers and their staff.”