Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has praised local businesses as being the ‘lifeblood’ of the Orkney economy and community during his visits to Peedie Models, Eco Cars and Judith’s Café on 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 the visits, Mr McArthur heard about the work that goes in to operate each business and some of the challenges they face. He also took the opportunity to congratulate Peedie Models owner, Paul Tyer, on being selected to the UK’s Small Biz 100 initiative.
Following his visits, Mr McArthur commented:
“Orkney is home to an incredibly wide variety of small businesses. They are the lifeblood of our local economy and help make our island community more vibrant.
“It was a pleasure to get a flavour of that on Saturday by seeing three very different local businesses in action during another busy weekend. Each of them has their own story but share the same passion for their craft and pride in their work, whether it’s selling electric cars, designing models, providing hospitality or so much more. It was also great to congratulate Paul from Peedie Models on his recent success in the Small Biz 100 initiative and hear about his fantastic experience this year.
“Small Business Saturday is about saying thank you to the people behind the businesses who put in the long hours and hard graft for our benefit. Running your own business is not without its challenges though, and it’s therefore important that we show our appreciation by supporting our local businesses and shopping local whenever possible”.