Angus gets a taste of success in Grangemouth cafe

MSP Angus MacDonald visits the team at the Portonian Cafe for Small Business Saturday
MSP Angus MacDonald visits the team at the Portonian Cafe for Small Business Saturday

An MSP put his money where his mouth is and dropped into a family bakery and café to highlight the importance of supporting small businesses.

Angus MacDonald put forward his hand to enjoy some of the tasty treats on offer at the Portonian Café last weekend to mark Small Business Saturday.

Latest figures show the number of businesses in Scotland has increased by 26,090 in the last year alone, with the number of businesses being supported through the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme rising to almost 100,000.

Mr MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, said: “On Small Business Saturday we reflected on the contribution local retailers are making to Scotland’s economic recovery. Crucially, we should continue to show our appreciation for them by buying local.”

La Porte Precinct’s popular Portonian Café is run by the Flynn family and sources all of its produce locally.

Mr MacDonald said: “Small Business Saturday marked the need for us to all do our bit by making purchases locally when going out to buy Christmas food, drink and presents. Only by practicing what we preach can we ensure independent businesses and our local economy and jobs are properly championed, supported and maintained.

“We recognise there is much work to be done to rejuvenate our high streets. That’s why the Scottish Government has devolved business rates powers to local councils and is investing £1.7 million for town centre regeneration.”