SMALL businesses in Forres have painted a bright picture for the future of the town, says Moray MP Angus Robertson.
Last weekend saw the Federation of Small Businesses meet with Mr Robertson and Moray MSP Richard Lochhead in Forres, as part of the town’s celebration of Small Business Saturday.
The event, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, was geared towards encouraging people to use small local businesses on the day and in the future.
The parliamentarians met up with the town’s ‘Pearl’s Pet Care’ owner, Pearl Hamilton, who is also chair of FSB’s Moray and Keith branch, before visiting many of the High Street businesses.
""We managed to get round a lot of the High Street businesses in Forres on Saturday," said Mr Robertson. "While there are challenges and issues facing High Street traders in Forres I am pleased to say that on the whole there was a positive view of the future.
"Forres’ strength lies with the significant number of independent shops that offer a very broad range of often unique products and that provides a different shopping experience for people and one that the public appears to appreciate.
"I would encourage people to do what they can this Christmas and, indeed, throughout the year to support their local traders."
Mr Lochhead added that the run up to Christmas and New Year was a critical time of year for businesses in the area.
"It is important that the wider community continues to support our local High Street traders in the face of growing competition from online retailers and out of town shopping.
"The High Street continues to be at the heart of communities like Forres and the FSB continues to be a strong advocate for our business community."