Local MSP welcomes accolade

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Local SNP MSP Christian Allard has welcomed the news that Mitchells in Inverurie has been named the Small or Medium-sized Scottish Rural Family Business of the Year 2015.

The award was presented to Mitchells at the Herald Scottish Family Business Awards held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at The Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

Mitchells was founded in Aberdeenshire 87 years ago by Agnes and Elijah Mitchell and now has a grocery shop and tea room, known as “the Dairy” in the heart of Inverurie.

Partner Keith Whyte and his wife Judy, who is Agnes and Elijah’s great-grand-daughter, picked up the prize at the recent award ceremony.

The gong recognises the work of family businesses and the contributions they make to their industries, their communities, and the wider economy.

Mr Allard praised those involved with Mitchells and urged everyone to shop local this Christmas.

Commenting, Christian Allard MSP said: “This is a welcome and well deserved award for Mitchells – they have worked hard to maintain what is a fantastic independently owned shop, specialising in local produce and home-cooking in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire.

“Well done to everyone who has been involved with Mitchells over the past 87 years.

“I wish them many more years of success.”

Mr Allard added: “By keeping trade local you support your local community create jobs and help food producers thrive.

“ Think local this Christmas.”