Maree Todd MSP Encourages Shoppers to Keep it Local

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday April 13 2018

MSP Maree Todd (pictured) is encouraging consumers across the Highlands to shop locally and support the 10,925 small businesses in the local economy.

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget.

This includes the Small Business Bonus scheme that has already saved smaller firms £1.5bn, lifting 100,000 business premises out of rates altogether. 

Maree Todd MSP commented:

“In age where the market is increasingly dominated by big online players, and with the forthcoming introduction of parking charges, it is more important than ever that we all support or local businesses.

“Shopping locally is good for communities, good for the environment and great for the local economy, supporting 54,550 workers in the Highlands in small businesses.

“Today’s market provides many new challenges for retailers; however, the biggest threat is undoubtedly Brexit.

“As a result of Brexit-fuelled inflation and more expensive imports we will all pay higher prices at the checkout.

“Brexit is the biggest threat facing the Scottish economy and the SNP will continue challenging the Tory government’s extreme Brexit plans and standing up for Scottish businesses and jobs.

“Given these challenges, wherever possible, we should all seek to support the Highland’s huge variety of brilliant independent, locally run businesses.

“Each small business offers something unique and special, and it is important that we support them and help our local economy to thrive in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players.”



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