A campaign to encourage people to use their local shops across Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth has received support from businesses.
Last week, the Arbroath Herald/Guide & Gazette launched the Shop, Eat and Play Local initiative, which aims to get people back on their local High Streets.
The campaign is part of a wider project by Johnston Press, which is running up and down the UK and is hoping to show the great range of products and customer service on offer from small local retailers.
The Federation for Small Business (FSB) is also backing the campaign alongside their own initiative ‘Keep Trade Local’.
Development manager for north east Scotland Catherine Ward said: “A vibrant small business sector brings huge benefits to our communities. But the responsibility for the growth of strong and vibrant local communities doesn’t just rest at the door of decision makers and businesses leaders.
“The FSB’s ‘Keep Trade Local’ campaign encourages all of us to support our local economies by buying from local independent businesses– whether those businesses are in service, retail, or manufacturing.
“We can all do our bit by thinking small first, whether it’s when we need a tradesperson, when we shop or when we visit a cafe.
Sadly, the case is that if we don’t use our independent businesses, we will lose them.”
Figures from the organisation show that small businesses, which have fewer than 10 employees, make up nearly 94 per cent of all businesses in Scotland and provide 29 per cent of private sector jobs in Scotland.
The FSB also say that it’s been estimated that of the £9 billion spent every year on procuring goods and services in Scotland, half is spent by local authorities.
And they argue that this could be used to boost the local economy by using local, small business suppliers and keep procurement procedures simple.
Catherine added: “So what can consumers do? Well, why not think small first, when you want to employ a service, when you set off to the shops or visit a cafe?
“Sadly, the case is that if we don’t use our independent businesses we will lose them.
“Together we can keep our local communities not just alive, but thriving.”