THE people of Ross-shire are being urged to give local traders a massive boost this weekend on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) wants people to get behind Small Business Saturday by exploring and using the area's fantastic array of small, independent shops, bars, restaurants and other services.
Local politicians from all political parties are backing the campaign, amongst them Dingwall-based MSP Kate Forbes who showed her support by meeting local traders in the town's High Street to highlight the importance of the day.
David Richardson, the FSB’s development manager in the Highlands and Islands, said: “The FSB recognises that our high streets and small businesses face challenges that cannot be resolved by a single day’s trading.
"However, if we urge our communities to use the busiest shopping day of the year to support the rich array of amazing businesses to be found right on their doorsteps, we can give these firms a real boost and, hopefully, persuade new customers to return to these same businesses time and time again.”
Small Businesses Saturday is designed to celebrate and support the country’s small business community, encouraging the public to reach out and try the great products and services the small firms in their community can supply.
Last year, customers spent £717m with small UK businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of 15 per cent on 2015 spending.
Kate Forbes MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of the Scottish economy and they are even more important in the Highlands. It’s really down to consumers to support their local stores, if they want to maintain local diversity on our high streets.
"Small business Saturday is a good opportunity to celebrate all the small business owners who do so much for our local economy.”
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