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‘Support Stirling’s Small Stores, Buy Local’, Says Local MP


Categories: Food and Drink, Local Business

Stirling MP Promotes Small Business Saturday

Local MP Alyn Smith has praised Stirling’s businesses, and urged consumers to buy locally this festive season to support our small firms, high streets and city centre.

Small Business Saturday, now in its 10th year, is a national campaign encouraging communities to support small local businesses on Saturday 3rd December and beyond. Shoppers are asked to buy goods and services locally where possible, leave positive reviews and tell their friends and family members about the businesses they love to visit.

As of March 2022, over 350,000 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) were operating in Scotland, providing an estimated 1.2 million jobs – 55.9% of private sector employment – and accounted for 99.4% of all private sector businesses as at March 2022.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of Stirling’s local economy, generating wealth, jobs and driving forward innovation. This Saturday, I’m encouraging all shoppers to play their part and choose a local outlet for their festive needs. Even positive reviews by word of mouth or on social media can help celebrate their success. Small businesses play a huge role in developing the success of Stirling as a great place to visit, live, work or study. This Saturday, let’s show we’ve got their backs in these difficult times.’

Nicola Hornsby and Crispin Hoult, Co-Owners of Achray Farm near Brig o’Turk, Callander, said:

‘Stirling is a great place to do business, and we’re extremely proud of the diverse business model we’ve been able to build here over the years. Our natural ice cream operations are moving from strength to strength, and we’ve been able to benefit from Stirling’s stellar reputation as a go-to tourist destination to offer truly unique stays and experiences. Whilst times are indeed tough, through schemes such as Small Business Saturday we can all do our bit to support the creative, innovative businesses we all want to see thrive.’


Attached is a picture of Alyn Smith MP, Nicola Hornsby and Cllr Gene Maxwell, visiting Achray Farm.

Statistics from the Scottish Government