“I back small business,” says Willie Rennie MSP, who paid a special visit to Muddy Boots farm shop and cafe in Balmalcolm earlier today (Saturday, December 5) to raise the profile of Small Business Saturday.
He said: “We have a wonderful range of local businesses here in Fife and Small Business Saturday is our chance, whether as elected representatives or consumers, to celebrate their contribution to the area.
“It was brilliant to see Mo Samson and the Muddy Boots team today and hear a bit about their superb family-run business.
“At this time of year, retail business is booming on the first Saturday in December in our town centres, but let’s not forget more rural locations like this.
“People have been paid and are cracking on with their Christmas shopping, but Fife’s small businesses need our support all year round – it’s a case of ‘use them, or lose them’.”
The politician was joined by Eugene Clarke from the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Fife branch.
The FSB says Small Business Saturday, which takes place every year on the first Saturday in December, is a chance to celebrate the contribution of independent shops, cafes, bars and other businesses to the local economy and community.
Clarke said: “It’s great that prominent local figures such as Willie Rennie are coming out today and backing local small businesses.
“It has been a tough few years for small businesses and, even with the economy picking up again, challenges remain. Small Business Saturday is our chance as consumers to recognise the contribution that small, independent businesses like this make to our community – maintaining a healthy local economy is everyone’s job.”