Promoting small business in Inverurie

Aberdeenshire Councillors Hamish Vernal. Bryan Stewart, Fergus Hood, Richard Cowling, Judy Whyte (I4U) Jackie Allen (Chair IBA), Councillor Martin Kitts Hayes (rear) Andy Willox OBE (FSB South Aberdeenshire Branch Chairman) and Graham Leith (IBA)
Aberdeenshire Councillors Hamish Vernal. Bryan Stewart, Fergus Hood, Richard Cowling, Judy Whyte (I4U) Jackie Allen (Chair IBA), Councillor Martin Kitts Hayes (rear) Andy Willox OBE (FSB South Aberdeenshire Branch Chairman) and Graham Leith (IBA)

Members of Inverurie Business Association (IBA) joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Aberdeenshire Councillors for a walk round some independent retailers in Inverurie town centre on Saturday to enforce the importance of working together to ensure continued success for Inverurie shops and shops in towns across the country.

Small Business Saturday UK is a non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. The Federation of Small Businesses is one of the key partners in this initiative. Over £460 million was spent in UK small enterprises on Small Business Saturday in 2013, according to the organisers, and this year the aim was to increase this figure and awareness of the initiative.

The Federation of Small Businesses supports small businesses on a daily basis and has run a major campaign for many years to Keep Trade Local, to encourage people to use independent businesses within their local community and calls on local authorities to introduce measures to make it easier for people to shop locally and improve business conditions on the high street.

Jackie Allen, Chairman of Inverurie Business Association took part in the walk about in Inverurie and commented, “Inverurie Business Association, and in particular its retail arm, Inverurie4U,(I4U) have been working tirelessly, along with Inverurie Events, to increase the profile and visibility of the wonderful local businesses. Supported by a lot of effort from the business owners and their teams, we aim to ensure Inverurie offers a vibrant shopping experience, wide choice, competitive pricing and excellent courteous service. The success of these efforts is shown in the fact of Inverurie Town Centre having only one retail premises currently unoccupied. We are delighted to join forces with FSB and Aberdeenshire Council to continue to raise awareness.”

Andy Willox, FSB Branch Chairman said, “It doesn’t matter if you’re putting in an order for Christmas dinner, buying a gift for a loved one or meeting a friend for a coffee or beer, we’d love it if people in Inverurie supported Small Business Saturday for a second year.”