South Scotland MSP Emma Harper has celebrated Small Business Saturday by stopping by Dumfries and Galloway Small business, and has urged all to always shop local where possible.
The South Scotland MSP visited Flourish in Dumfries Town Centre where she was able to purchase local produce. Ms Harper also pointed to the wealth of fantastic business across the region, offering everything from the finest food and drink to arts and crafts and tourism experiences.
Ms Harper has stressed that ‘there has never been a more important time to shop local whenever people can, particularly as many small businesses are currently trying to recover from the pandemic, tackle the challenges of Brexit and meet the cost of living pressures. Ms Harper’s take home message is that ‘shopping locally is a simple way for individuals to play a part in supporting their local businesses and economies.’
Commenting, Ms Harper said:
“Shopping locally is a simple way for individuals to play a part in supporting our local businesses and economies – these businesses provide jobs here in Dumfries and Galloway and play a significant role in making our communities so vibrant.
“Truth be told, there has never been a more important time to shop local whenever you can, as businesses are still recovering from the pandemic and facing the challenges of the UK Government’s Brexit obsession and the pressures of the rising bills we are all seeing. There are so many fantastic small business across our region and we need to support them.
“The Scottish government is helping our businesses recover as much as it can. But we can all play our part individually too, by visiting our local cafes, shops, bars, salons, restaurants and the many more businesses we have across D&G. Small, local businesses make a big difference to our communities and local economy. I encourage everyone to get involved this Small Business Saturday and for future Saturdays.”