Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford visited a number of highly successful small businesses on the Stirling High Street over the weekend as part of his Small Business Saturday tour.
Small Business Saturday is an annual event, organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Mr Crawford recently sponsored an event in the Scottish Parliament for the FSB, giving them a chance to speak to MSPs about the importance of supporting small businesses.
On his tour of city centre businesses, Mr Crawford stopped in at:
- Hamilton’s Cheesecakes – a new business on Stirling’s city centre, and a real success story for the area.
- Europa Music – a well-located shop on Friar Street, with a unique music collection.
- Loving Food – a successful and busy new restaurant on Stirling’s King Street.
- Mint Patisserie – a busy Baker Street café / restaurant, serving freshly baked cake daily.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:
“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to highlight the many wonderful businesses that operate in the local area, and places like Hamilton’s Cheesecakes, Europa Music, Loving Food and Mint Patisserie are real success stories for our high street.
“A change in the way we shop, with a move to online purchasing of goods and takeaway food, has brought about real challenges for our high street. The Scottish Government is doing what it can by lifting as many small businesses as possible out of paying rates.
“This has meant that over 2,500 businesses in the Stirling area pay no rates whatsoever.
“However, people in the area can do their bit by supporting these businesses. This Christmas, support high street businesses and do at least some of your seasonal shopping in a local store.”