A POSITIVE outlook can take you far in business.
An Elgin businesswoman Moreen Henderson believes there needs to be more positivity generally about business in Elgin and the UK economy.
"Things are not as black as the picture being painted in the media," she said.
"There is a lot of negativity about the economy and yes, there has been a recession, but this has encouraged many retailers to become more efficient in what they do."
Moreen claims the portrayal of the economy in the TV news and national newspapers is far worse than the reality she sees on the ground every day as a small business owner.
While she would like to see all the empty shops in Elgin filled up, she insists the town has much going for it, and people can get real value for money and find quality products and a personal customer service if they shop around.
Moreen’s family have run the Well-Fit carpet, vinyl and blinds shop in Hall Place since 1977.
Established by her late brother Duncan Stewart, the family concern is now run by Moreen, her husband Davie and their two sons David and Stewart.
The business has continued to thrive over the last 35 years - from the same outlet - by supplying quality products and priding themselves on an excellent customer service. They supply and fit all their own products.
She wants to see everybody taking a positive approach to raising awareness of the benefits to customers of using independent shops.
To read the full interview with Moreen and more reports from across Moray see the 'Shops and Businesses' supplement in 'The Northern Scot on Friday.