Local MSP Jackie Baillie highlighted the contribution of small firms in Dumbarton, Alexandria and Helensburgh at the weekend as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday on December 3rd. 




The Dumbarton MSP is encouraging local people to ‘shop local’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small firms in the run up to Christmas and all year round.


Launched in 2013, Small Business Saturday brought a boost to local high streets across the country. Across Scotland and the UK different activities took place to promote small businesses on Saturday.


Jackie visited Lily’s Florist in Alexandria, Callaghans butchers in Helensburgh and opticians, Wilkie & Rider in Dumbarton to meet local business owners and encourage local residents to support local town centre retailers in the run up to Christmas.


Jackie said:


“Small Business Saturday is growing bigger and better every year. It’s such an important day because it puts small businesses in the spotlight and encourages people to shop locally, not only on one of the busiest shopping days of the year but also to encourage a long-term commitment. It provides a great opportunity to thank those who run small firms in Dumbarton, Alexandria and Helensburgh.


“Scottish Labour back those who run or want to start their own business. They help generate the wealth we need to invest in the services which are important to us. Our economy faces challenges in the years ahead so we want to see more done to help our risk takers and wealth creators, by helping businesses with the challenges they face. That’s why our manifesto committed to a government minister for micro businesses, small businesses and entrepreneurs.  We’ll continue to work in partnership with businesses, entrepreneurs and workers to create a stronger economy.”


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