Graeme Dey, Angus South MSP, has shown his support for locally-owned independent convenience stores by attending the recent Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) exhibition in the Scottish Parliament.
SGF is the national trade association for the independent convenience store sector in Scotland and the exhibition aimed to highlight the contribution convenience stores make to the community and to the local economy.
There are 5,500 convenience stores in Scotland which provide over 42,000 jobs; the total value of sales is about £3.7 billion a year to the national economy. A typical convenience store also re-invests hundreds of thousands of pounds back into the local economy by using local services and suppliers and, of course, by providing jobs.
Abdul Majid, president of SGF, said: “We were delighted to see Graeme at our exhibition.
“The support of MSPs for locally-owned convenience stores is vital if we are to sustain vibrant high streets and town centres.
“Convenience stores are at the heart of our communities and are vital to the local economy.
Following his visit Mr Dey commented: “Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of Scotland’s economy.
“Convenience stores are vital to our towns and villages. By being located where people live or on their way home from work, we are able to get that pint of milk or loaf of bread when we need it.
“I was therefore pleased to discuss with Mr Majid the role that these retailers play within the communities of Angus South and the challenges they face.”
Further details on the work of our local MSPs and all aspects of Parliamentary business are available from www.scottish.parliament.uk
Further information on the Scottish Grocers’ Federation is available from www.scottishshop.org.uk/