Motion ref. S6M-02262
SGF Shop Local Report 2021
Submitted by: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Fairlie, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Christine Grahame, Emma Harper, Craig Hoy, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Alex Rowley, Colin Smyth, Collette Stevenson, Kaukab Stewart, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Elena Whitham
That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) on the publication of its latest Scottish local shop report; welcomes its findings that Scotland has more independent convenience stores per head of population than in most parts of the UK and that the sector in Scotland provides 42,000 jobs; understands the importance of convenience stores to communities, including in the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency; celebrates reports that 82% of independent retailers in Scotland were involved in some form of community activity in the last year and that the sector is highly entrepreneurial, with 69% of these retailers being the first person in their family to own or run a convenience store, and understands that turnover in the sector is expected to grow by 9% between 2021 and 2024.