MP Jo Swinson supports independent traders

MP JO SWINSON has shown her support for East Dunbartonshire’s independent retailers with a visit to one of the area’s valued local shops.She called in at Milngavie Bookshop to back “Independents’ Day”, a campaign organised by Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail, which aims to boost local businesses and support independent traders.

The LibDem MP spoke to Milngavie Bookshop owner Susan Frize about her popular business, established over 30 years ago. As well as having an extensive selection of children and adults’ titles and a busy cafe, the shop has become a cultural hub for events and talks with acclaimed authors.

Ms Swinson said: “I was delighted to visit Milngavie Bookshop as part of Independents’ Day 2011. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is no surprise that so many customers see it as the perfect place to find a good book and relax with a cup of tea.

“Independents’ day celebrates the importance of diversity on our high streets, something which many local residents have spoken out to protect in the case of the Tesco Milngavie expansion.

“Particularly in these difficult economic times, independent traders deserve our support, and I hope local people will continue to shop at the many fantastic independent retailers East Dunbartonshire has to offer.”

Milngavie Bookshop owner Susan Frize said: “Aside from its catchy title, Independents’ Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of how important independent shops are to the local community. Independents are more than just a shop – they have a real role to play in local society.”