Constituency MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn and Stuart McDonald MP have marked Small Business Saturday by visiting a long running Kilsyth retailer, R.A. Cant & Son.
The MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East Mr McDonald then visited Caulders Garden Centres in Kirkintilloch, hearing about the opportunities and challenges faced by two local businesses.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.
As part of the initiative the SNP duo visited R.A. Cant & Son, a general store and institution based on Kilsyth Main Street. The business is run by David Cant who has worked at the shop for 45 years, which was itself opened 56 years ago by his father.
Commenting on the scheme and the visit Mr Hepburn said:
“In Scotland, there are just over 355,000 small businesses, providing around 900,000 private sector jobs and they are a vital part of the Scottish economy.
“Small Business Saturday brings focus to small businesses encouraging people to buy locally – tying in with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan and Town Centre First Principle.”
Mr McDonald said:
“Small Business Saturday is a great chance to highlight the important role played by all involved in running successful small businesses and the positive impact they have on our economy and local communities.
“This campaign is a great example of partnership working across the public, private and community sectors – an approach essential in delivering support for our businesses to grow and regenerating our local economies.”