Let’s cel­e­brate Small Business Satur­day

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View - Com­mons Com­ment

In Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and Half­way we have a range of small and in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses who play an im­por­tant part in our lo­cal econ­omy.

From shops and ser­vices through to spe­cialised sup­ply chain com­pa­nies serv­ing big man­u­fac­tur­ers, the range and di­ver­sity of our lo­cal small business base is im­pres­sive.

Smaller busi­nesses have had a tough time over the last few years, but they make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to our econ­omy, help­ing to keep town cen­tres go­ing, adding to the lo­cal character and also pro­vid­ing a key source of jobs.

Op­ti­cians, butch­ers, cafes, phar­ma­cists and many oth­ers demon­strate the value of get­ting be­hind our lo­cal shops and firms as part of this year’s Small Business Satur­day.

The idea of ‘Small Business Satur­day’ comes from the USA. Last year, as Christ­mas re­tail­ing took root at the start of De­cem­ber, Labour helped bring the idea to the UK and a move­ment was born.

Small Business Satur­day is a grass-roots cam­paign that en­cour­ages peo­ple to shop lo­cally and support small and in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and is a non­party, non-po­lit­i­cal ex­er­cise.

Last year was the first time it took place. It was the largest cel­e­bra­tion of small business the coun­try had seen. Nearly half of con­sumers who knew about the day made pur­chases be­cause of it and almost £500m of ex­tra trade went to small firms.

It also helped lo­cal small busi­nesses link to­gether, cham­pi­oned their vi­tal role in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and cre­ated a buzz about en­trepreneur­ship and peo­ple start­ing out.

That’s why I’ll be cel­e­brat­ing Small Business Satur­day on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6, be­tween my reg­u­lar surg­eries, shop­ping at and vis­it­ing lo­cal small firms.

The week­end after Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day, it is good to re­mem­ber that while shop­ping on­line and out-oftown is popular, lo­cal shops are of­ten ex­em­plary in terms of cus­tomer ser­vice and the qual­ity of prod­ucts on of­fer.

This year I’ll be work­ing with small and in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and Half­way to high­light their con­tri­bu­tion to

Business mat­ters Tom Greatrex MP (right) with Bobby McKean and Is­abel McLean, sup­port­ing Small Business Satur­day last year

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