Council supports Small Business Saturday

"I would encourage everyone to support local shops", says Cllr Ross, Economy Convener in Small Business Saturday feature in today's Evening News.

Evening News article

This Saturday I would encourage everyone to go out and support their local shops and businesses. There is plenty of variety as Edinburgh’s town centres are crammed with vibrant boutiques and other independent shops, cafes, restaurants and many other businesses. With Christmas just around the corner, Small Business Saturday on 6 December is the perfect opportunity to discover the many great gift ideas you have right on your doorstep.  

Everyone enjoys a busy town centre and by shopping locally you can help to stimulate your local economy and attract new businesses.

Town centres are struggling nationally due to the economic downtown, online shopping, supermarkets and out of town shopping centres. In Edinburgh, our vacancy rates are very low compared to the UK and Scottish averages.

At the last count this summer, the city average was just under six per cent, while the Scottish average was just over nine per cent and just over ten per cent for the UK. We need to keep this momentum going in Edinburgh as town centres are crucial to the success of the city’s economy. 

Around 200,000 people live within an 800 metre catchment of our town centres and over 25,000 people are employed within their immediate area and that is why the Council is playing its part through our commitment to continuing with our Building Stronger Town Centres programme.

The programme provides dedicated people on the ground to help local areas increase their footfall and create a buzz about their High Streets. Our programme supports town centres in Bruntsfield, Corstorphine, Gorgie/Dalry, Leith, Morningside, Portobello, Southside, Stockbridge and Tollcross.  

Small Business Saturday keeps the preservation of our town centres high on the national agenda and Edinburgh Council is committed to continue its activities to support the vibrancy and rich mix of our local shopping centres. So please support your local shops and businesses.

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