Elena Whitham MSP has visited Mauchline based employers to promote Small Business Saturday 2022 which takes place on 3rd December 2022 this year.
The local MSP paid tribute to the very many small businesses across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley as part of this annual event – which is now celebrating the tenth campaign year in the UK this year.
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business successes and encourages consumers to “shop local” and to support businesses in their communities – as whilst the day itself takes place always takes place on the first Saturday in December, it has an impact that lasts all year round.
Elena Whitham MSP said:
“I always enjoy celebrating Small Business Saturday and I have really enjoyed visiting Mauchline this year, after visiting Cumnock last year.
“As a previous sole trader myself, I am a strong advocate of supporting small businesses when and where I can as they provide a truly unique offering whether it is for much needed services or goods with a personal touch, or for a meaningful minding for a loved one – or a nice independent takeaway treat.
“It can never be denied that small businesses play an integral part in many of our rural communities – and they are about much more than profits; they offer employment and training opportunities as well as making an invaluable contribution to the local economy, and play a major role in rebuilding the heart of the community.
“Like each and every one of us, small businesses are facing huge challenges this winter, with inflation and supply chain issues all having a huge impact – so now more than ever it is important that where we can we celebrate and support our small businesses.
“And, it’s not all about spending money either – leaving a positive review, telling friends and family about the small businesses you love is equally important.
“My deep thanks to Carol at Many Thanks and Lisa, Kim and Robyn at The Mossgiel Snug for taking the time to chat to me and to tell me about the challenges and successes they have faced over the past year. And of how, in the run up to Christmas along with Little Treasures and Aurora they have started opening late night on a Thursday to 8pm to provide folks who have other commitments during normal opening hours the opportunity to visit for a bit of cheer, a tasty bite and a very unique shopping experience.
“I hope that if you can you can support similar small businesses in your community – not only on Small Business Saturday, but all year round.”