Gavin Newlands MP celebrates Small Business Saturday
December 7, 2016
Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, marked Small Business Saturday last weekend by visiting Peacock Motor Engineers in Renfrew.
Small Business Saturday is held annually to highlight small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. Last year, customers spent £623m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24% on 2014.
Gavin Newlands commented:
“Thank you to Andrew and Iain of Peacock Motor Engineers for joining me to highlight Small Business Saturday. Small businesses contribute around £75m a year to the Scottish economy, and employ nearly 900,000 workers.
“We know that money spent in small businesses is far more likely to stay in the local economy than money spent with larger companies. It is clear that small businesses are critical to Scotland’s economic success. Rightly, they have been the focus of the SNP Scottish Government's economic policy. The Small Business Bonus Scheme, which has been running since 2009, and a £500m growth fund to deal with the challenges facing business and the economy post-Brexit, are two critical examples of the support offered.
“With Christmas around the corner, Small Business Saturday is a great way to highlight the importance of the small businesses in our communities. I encourage everyone to show their support for our local small businesses and support the Renfrewshire economy.”