Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale today praised the contribution of Scotland’s small firms ahead of this year’s Small Business Saturday.
Kez encouraged Scots to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and family firms this weekend.
The Scottish Labour leader visited Wonderland Models in Edinburgh, where she got behind the controls of a drone - one of the most popular Christmas presents this year.
Launched in 2013, Small Business Saturday has brought a boost to local high streets across the country.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said:
“I’m backing our local small shops and independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. We should do all we can to thank them for the vital contribution they make to the local economy, adding to the local community and boosting diversity on the high street.
“It will be fantastic to build on the success we achieved with Small Business Saturday in the last two years, which is why I’m getting fully behind the campaign again and giving my support to local businesses. There are lots of great businesses in Edinburgh and across Scotland and the campaign is a great way of raising awareness and helping boost trade.”
Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour’s economy spokesperson said:
“Small Business Saturday is growing bigger and better every year, it’s such an important day because it puts small businesses in the spotlight and encourages people to shop locally, not only on one of the busiest shopping days of the year but also to encourage a long-term commitment. It provides a great opportunity to thank those who run Britain’s small firms.
“Scottish Labour backs those who run or want to start their own business. They help generate the wealth we need to invest in the services which are important to us. Our economy faces challenges in the years ahead so we want to see more done to help our risk takers and wealth creators, by helping businesses with the challenges they face. That’s why the Scottish Labour manifesto committed to a government minister for micro businesses, small businesses and entrepreneurs. We’ll continue to work in partnership with businesses, entrepreneurs and workers to create a stronger economy.”