As retailers gear up for the busiest shopping weekend of the year, I’m encouraging people to do what they can to support local firms.

Buy local

I’m backing the Small Business Saturday campaign which is urging the public to shop local on 7 December.

High streets and small businesses across the Lothians are under sustained pressure from the big chains, so it’s important we do what we can to level the playing field. As people gear up for Christmas I’d urge them to consider how their spending decisions affect local firms and their local communities.

And for those going online I’d encourage seeking out local alternatives. Longer-term I will continue to campaign for greater support for small and micro businesses in Lothian region, both in terms of revitalising our local high streets and improving access to public procurement.