THE PATRIOTIC POUND
After Bill Jamieson’s suggestion that our economy may be hindered by the lower productivity of family-owned businesses [In the Family Way, June 2017], I feel compelled to write in support all of Scotland’s businesses, large and small.
I’m not a wealthy person, but I buy your fine magazine because you support Scottish businesses. I have a ‘Buy Scottish’ ethos, and you tell me who is out there and what they sell.
My passion for buying home-made goods has come from the realisation that we used to manufacture many great products – which were often invented by Scots – but over the past few decades manufacturing has moved away, leaving us with little more than souvenirs to make and sell to tourists.
Every Scot I’ve ever met claims they love and support Scotland – a fine principle, but one which many don’t practice. When shopping I consciously favour Scottish-made products and have proved that it is perfectly possible to entirely furnish your home with Scottish-made furniture and household items. You can fill your wardrobes and drawers with clothes made by Scottish companies; you can certainly fill your cupboards, fridge, freezer and pantry with Scottish produce. I even have Scottishmade wi-fi and DAB radios and a large hi-fi system with other Scottish-made components – even the wires and headphones were designed and manufactured in Scotland, by Scots.
The quality of products made in Scotland is invariably excellent, yet every day Scots default to non-Scottish products, which has huge implications for all of us. How much better it would be if we all adopted a ‘Buy Scottish’ ethos.