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1 December 2017

MSP Visits Banff Business to Highlight Small Business Saturday

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson paid a visit to a recently-established small business in Banff to highlight Small Business Saturday, which takes place tomorrow (2 December).

The SNP MSP visited Granny Bakes in Strait Path, Banff to help promote local businesses and ‘shop local’.

Mr Stevenson also referenced the business in a Parliamentary debate earlier in the week about small businesses.

Stewart Stevenson said:

“It was a pleasure to meet with Angela Wiseman and hear about one of Banff’s newest businesses, ‘Granny Bakes’. It is great to see new businesses opening up in this regeneration town and I wish Angela every success going forward.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Scottish economy, accounting for 99% of all businesses across the country, supporting jobs and growth in our communities as well as providing an invaluable service to consumers.

“An impressive £717m was spent in small businesses during last year’s Small Business Saturday, that’s 15% more than in 2015, and I believe we can do even better this year.

“Independent shops and small businesses have to compete in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players, and buying from a locally owned business means the money is much more likely to stay in the community.

“Since 2009, the SNP Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme has provided a total of £1.5bn rates relief and last year, a £500m growth fund was set up to cope with the new challenges posed by a Tory hard Brexit.

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of the delights on our door step and visit our local businesses this Saturday and beyond to ensure our local businesses thrive.”

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