Parliamentarians back Small Business Saturday

Local parliamentarians Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP have supported this year’s Small Business Saturday with a visit to a local shop in Dunbar.

The politicians visited the Dunbar T-shirt Shop on Dunbar High Street ahead of the day to chat to owner Steven Hill and help promote the importance of shopping locally with small businesses.

The visit was also an opportunity to congratulate the shop on being one of 25 finalists in the Best Small Shops competition at Westminster earlier this year.

Speaking after the visit, Iain Gray MSP said:

“I’ve been supporting Small Business Saturday since 2013 when it started in the UK. The day has grown every year, and is now well established as a popular annual fixture for promoting the importance of small businesses.

“East Lothian has an exceptional range of small businesses, including many successful shops like the Dunbar T-shirt shop. Small Business Saturday helps raise awareness of what is available and why people should shop locally, especially in the crucial pre-Christmas period.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to promote the wonderful range of small shops and other small enterprises across East Lothian. The Dunbar T-shirt Shop is a great example of a successful family-run small business. It’s just the kind of place Small Business Saturday is all about.

“The shop’s success was underlined by being named among the 25 finalists for the prestigious UK Best Small Shops competition at Parliament. This was a fantastic achievement and follows in the footsteps of another previous finalist from Dunbar, Belhaven Bikes.”

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