Bill supports local grocers

Bill Kidd MSP has shown his support for locally owned independent convenience stores by attending the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) exhibition in the Scottish Parliament. Local convenience stores are community assets, providing valuable services to local people. They also provide vital routes to market for Scotland's manufacturers and wholesalers.

Bill commented:

"I use my local convenience store regularly, so I know first hand what a friendly and helpful service they provide. There's a real affection in communities across Glasgow for their local shop, and for the staff who are there for their customers all year round. People depend on their grocers for everyday necessities, and they are also a very important source of social contact."

SGF is the national trade association for the independent convenience store sector in Scotland and the exhibition aimed to highlight the contribution convenience stores make to the community and to the local economy.

There are 5,500 convenience stores in Scotland, they provide over 42,000 jobs and the total value of sales is about £3.7 billion a year to the national economy. A typical convenience store also re re-invests hundreds of thousands of pounds back into the local economy by using local services and suppliers and, of course, by providing jobs.

Abdul Majid, President of SGF, said:

We were delighted to see Bill at our exhibition. The support of MSPs for locally owned convenience stores is vital if we are to sustain vibrant high streets and town centres. Convenience stores are at the heart of our communities and are vital to the local economy.

Bill pictured with SGF National Executive members Saleem Saddiq and Dennis Williams

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