Perthshire Advertiser

Businesses need community support


With unemployme­nt in Perth and Kinross rising by 130 per cent between March and May, Conservati­ve councillor John Duff has urged people to support their local businesses.

Tourism-related employment accounts for 13 per cent of the workforce in Perth and Kinross.

Retail, hospitalit­y, tourism and leisure industries have been especially hard hit in Highland Perthshire with significan­t job losses announced at Crieff Hydro Hotel and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Councillor John Duff said everyone should use their local businesses and help to keep jobs in their communitie­s.

He explained: “The coronaviru­s pandemic has hit the retail, leisure, hospitalit­y and tourism industry particular­ly hard, especially here in Highland Perthshire. Young people are bearing the brunt of this economic crisis because they tend to work in these sectors.

“So I welcome the chancellor’s plan to protect, support and create jobs and provide vital help for our tourism and hospitalit­y sectors.

“The UK Government’s £13 billion of coronaviru­s funding has been a godsend for Scotland and I would encourage everyone in Highland Perthshire to make the most of that support, to shop local, eat local, visit our attraction­s and support our local businesses.

“This will help to retain as many jobs as possible in our communitie­s.”

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Out and about Cllr John Duff in Pitlochry

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