On Buy Local Day, the Party of Wales has reiterated its commitment to supporting Wales’ local shops and businesses.
The party has long campaigned for more to be done to support Wales’ local shops and businesses and last Christmas ran a #LocalChristmas campaign to encourage more people to choose their local independent shops over large multi-national companies.
It has also championed wiser spending by local authorities, advocating that the percentage of government and local government contracts given to local companies should be increased from the current level of 52% to 75%, which could create 46,000 jobs across Wales.
The Party of Wales Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth said:
“Wales’ economy is built on small traders. Small and medium businesses make up 94% of the Welsh economy. These include the shops that employ local people, are supplied by local businesses and keep their profits in the local economy.
“Every £1 spent in a local shop is a boost to the local area. Supporting a local business means supporting your community.
“There’s a lot more that the Welsh Government should be doing to support our shops and businesses, such as setting itself ambitious targets to use local companies when it issues contracts for work. It could also do more to help them with business rates, or to make finance more available.
“But we must also remember the power that we, as shoppers, have. By simply choosing wisely where we shop we can add to the prosperity of our local area, help create jobs for local people and support and help make our high streets vibrant and happy places. That’s why Plaid Cymru is supporting Buy Local Day.”