At a time when our corner of the world is suffering economic maladies which are the result of geo-politics rather than being of our own making, it makes sense for each of us, as consumers and as businesses, to support each other.

Organisations like local councils, the Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Enterprise have launched a campaign to ask businesses to increase the amount of business they do locally, boosting the local economy and securing jobs.


As consumers, we can do our bit by seeking out restaurants and food shops that work with local suppliers, or supporting shops and galleries that sell locally made goods. Wouldn’t you rather your purchases kept local people and businesses going? You don’t need to be a big business to join up and you don’t need to spend more, just think about what you buy anyway and switch to a local supplier if you can.

You can find out more about how to sign up your business at

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