East Dunbartonshire’s independent shops lead the way – Jo

Jo has shown her support for East Dunbartonshire’s independent retailers with visits to two of the area’s valued local shops.

Paul's Quality Butchers

Jo with Paul Conway and Patrick Paton from Paul’s Quality Butchers

Jo called in at both Milngavie Bookshop and Kirkintilloch’s award-winning Paul’s Quality Butchers to back today’s “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.

Jo spoke to Milngavie Bookshop owner Susan Frize about her popular business, established over 30 years ago. As well as having an extensive selection of titles and a busy cafe, the shop has become a cultural hub for events and talks with acclaimed authors. Paul’s Quality Butchers in Kirkintilloch, meanwhile, boasts wide recognition, including an appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘F-Word’ programme.

Milngavie Bookshop

Jo with Milngavie Bookshop Owner Susan Frize


Commenting, Jo said:

“I was delighted to visit both Milngavie Bookshop and Paul’s Quality Butchers as part of Independents’ Day 2011. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is no surprise that many customers see Milngavie Bookshop as the perfect place to find a good book and relax with a cup of tea, whilst Paul’s Quality Butchers has deservedly earned its reputation for friendly service and quality products, as well as a host of awards!

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

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

Commenting further, 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.”

Commenting further, owner of Paul’s Quality Butchers Paul Conway added:

“Supporting local traders is the most important thing we can do to keep our high streets unique. Independents’ Day 2011 is a great way to celebrate our local retailers and remind people the big names shouldn’t dominate in our towns.

For more information on Independents’ Day 2011, go tohttp://skillsmartretail.ctml2.com/skillsmartretaillz//WebCapture.aspx?pID=141&t=0
For more information on Milngavie Bookshop, go to www.milngaviebookshop.co.ukand on Paul’s Quality Butchers, visit www.paulsqualitybutchers.com

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