East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson visited the Coach House in Balmore to mark ‘Social Saturday’, a new campaign to get people buying from social enterprises to boost the local economy.
The Coach House, part of The Balmore Trust, is a shop and tea room run by volunteers from the community. They stock a wide range of fair trade products and aim to source local and organic goods. Over the last few years the Trust has expanded its operations to import fair trade foods from Malawi, Swaziland and Sri Lanka.
Commenting after the visit, Jo said:
“The Coach House is a great example of a social enterprise that plays a positive role in the local community and beyond through the selfless work of volunteers. Their strong support for the fair trade movement and backing of local produce makes the Coach House the perfect example of what Social Saturday aims to encourage: people supporting social enterprises in their community that want to make a difference in the world.
“The Coach House founder, John Riches, deserves great praise for his amazing work over the years in both raising money for excellent charitable projects and enabling our community to support those in developing countries through trade. His dedication has improved countless lives.”