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Shoppers urged to 'think small' on festive purchases

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Shoppers are being urged to "think small" when making their festive purchases this weekend.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking Scots to back Small Business Saturday for a second year running.

More than £460m was spent in independent UK stores on the same day last year, according to organisers.

This year FSB wants even more people to back small firms and support Scotland's high streets.

FSB Scottish policy convener, Andy Willox, 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 Scots supported Small Business Saturday for a second year.

"Independent retailers and other small enterprises often offer goods and services which you can't find elsewhere.

"Small Business Saturday offers a real opportunity to connect phenomenal small businesses with locals who perhaps aren't aware of the great small businesses on their doorstep."

Richard Baker, Labour MSP for North East Scotland, has laid a motion in the Scottish Parliament backing the campaign and urging others to support the event.

He said: "I'm delighted to see so many MSPs from across the political spectrum backing this motion and the campaign.

"It shows that we all value our small business community and understand the key role they play in our local economies.

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