Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has praised the resilience and adaptability of Orkney’s businesses during a turbulent year and thanked them for their work to support communities, following a recent visit to Alison Moore Designs in Dounby to mark Small Business Saturday.
The nationwide campaign highlights the work of small businesses in communities across the country and encourages people to support them by shopping local.
During his visit, Mr McArthur heard from local business owner, Alison Moore, about some of the challenges her business has faced during the pandemic and how they have adapted so they can continue operating safely. Ms Moore also highlighted that her business is currently expanding and showed Orkney’s MSP around their proposed new workshop which is due to open in 2021.
Following his visit, Mr McArthur commented:
“We’re fortunate to have a number of wonderful small businesses across Orkney that are the lifeblood of our communities. However, nobody could have predicted the scale of challenge and level of uncertainty that they have had to face this year.
“In these tough times, they have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability to weather the storm for our benefit. This was evident during my visit to Alison Moore Designs and it was inspiring to hear not only about how they have overcome the challenges of the pandemic, but how they are in fact developing the business to meet a growing level of demand.
“There are countless other examples of these success stories across our islands and it is testament to the hard work and long hours put in by small business owners and their staff. Many have even gone above the call of duty to help our communities through home deliveries, ensuring the most vulnerable have been supported.
“It’s therefore important that we support them back by shopping local whenever possible and spreading the word to others. Orkney is home to many unique, independent businesses and, now more than ever, it’s a time to recognise and celebrate them.”