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CHRISTINA MCKELVIE ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY

SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has offered her support for this weekend’s Small Business Saturday – which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses.

Christina intends to visit local businesses across South Lanarkshire as part of the Small Business Saturday – and pointed to SNP Government action to support small businesses across Scotland, including the small business bonus and the £500m growth fund.

Statistics from the Scottish Government show there are 8585 small enterprises across South Lanarkshire – over £2,987,000 to the Scottish economy.

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“Small Business Saturday is an excellent initiative and one which helps to support local businesses throughout Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.  A few weeks ago, I was delighted to visit one of my new, thriving local businesses, Coopers Coffee's. Coopers is prime example of how the Scottish Government has invested heavily in aiding the growth within our small business sector.

“The SNP in government has always made efforts to support small businesses, from introducing and extending the small business bonus to launching a growth fund worth £500m to deal with the new challenges created by Brexit.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Scotland’s economy, supporting jobs and growth in our communities, as well as providing an invaluable service to people across South Lanarkshire. With over 8585 small enterprises across my constituency and beyond, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to get out and shop locally.

“I encourage all constituents to join me on Saturday by visiting local businesses to show support for the Small Business Saturday initiative. With the week coming just weeks before Christmas in the busiest retail time of the year, people should use the opportunity to look at what is on offer in the local shops throughout Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.

“Last year’s event saw £623 million spent across local businesses in the UK, and by getting more people out in their local shops this weekend we can achieve even more – helping to support jobs and revitalise our local economy.