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Ruther­glen’s MSP and MP, showed their support to a grass roots cam­paign aimed at sup­port­ing business in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Labour pair James Kelly and Tom Greatrex vis­ited to the popular Black Poppy cof­fee shop.

James and Tom helped mark Small Business Satur­day by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get be­hind lo­cal small business by shop­ping lo­cally.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Small Business ini­tia­tive is in its sec­ond year and took place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Last year the event helped de­liver £460 mil­lion of spend­ing for small firms across the UK.

MSP James Kelly said: “Small Business Satur­day is a great op­por­tu­nity to show your support for small busi­nesses in our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Places like the Black Poppy and many more re­tail­ers on our Main Streets are re­liant on Christ­mas trade to fill their or­der books and I will be do­ing my bit to make sure re­tail­ers are busy.

“The first Small Business Satur­day was a great suc­cess and there is no doubt that it helped to raise aware­ness of what small busi­nesses have to of­fer and gave many of them an im­por­tant boost in the run-up to Christ­mas. I would en­cour­age peo­ple to do what they can this Christ­mas and, in­deed, through­out the year to support their lo­cal traders and small busi­nesses.”

MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West Tom Great rex added: “In­de­pen­dent lo­cal busi­nesses pro­vide a friendly face and a warm ser­vice to res­i­dents and here in Ruther­glen, The Black Poppy epit­o­mises that.

“I was pleased to help cham­pion Small Business Satur­day at the week­end and en­joyed vis­it­ing lo­cal shops and cafes in be­tween my ad­vice surg­eries.

“The Black Poppy is a popular café but it takes an enor­mous amount of hard work to keep trad­ing on the high street and build re­la­tion­ships with cus­tomers. I am re­ally im­pressed by Jane and Michael’s work ethic, their pas­sion for fresh ideas and for putting their cus­tomers first in ev­ery­thing they do. This De­cem­ber I’ll be tak­ing the has­sle out of fes­tive shop­ping by us­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and I hope oth­ers will do the same.”

The Black Poppy man­ager, Jane, thanked James and Tom for stop­ping by for a visit say­ing: “I am grate­ful for the support James and Tom have given us and for high­light­ing the im­por­tant role small business can have in com­mu­ni­ties like Ruther­glen.”

Business is business James Kelly MSP and Tom Greatrex MP with staff and cus­tomers at the Black Poppy high­light­ing Small Business Satur­day

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