Arkless Encourages People To Support Local Economy

 Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless, has offered his support for Small Business Saturday – an initiative which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses.

Richard believes that small businesses are a critical part of Scotland’s economy and pointed to SNP Government action to support small businesses across Scotland, including the small business bonus and the £500m growth fund.

Small businesses contribute around £75m a year to the Scottish economy, and employ over 887,000 workers. Moreover, research has shown that money spent in local businesses is more likely to stay in the local economy when compared to larger corporations.

Statistics from the Scottish Government show there are 6,250 small enterprises across Dumfries and Galloway, generating £2,226 million for the local economy.

Commenting, Richard said:

“Small Business Saturday is an excellent initiative and one that helps to support local businesses throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

“The Scottish government has always made efforts to support small businesses across our region, 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 Dumfries and Galloway]. With over 6,250 small enterprises across the region, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to get out and shop locally.

Richard added:

“We are about to enter one of the biggest trading periods of the year and Small Business Saturday is a great way to remind everyone out there Christmas shopping, that by spending money locally they are strengthening their own community and helping to keep their own high street vibrant.”

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