Scot retailers to play vital part in economic growth

07 January, 2008

Retailers will be told how they can play a key role in economic growth and creating jobs in Scotland at a reception held by the Scottish Retail Consortium this week.

Wednesday’s event, due to be attended by 200 industry figures, politicians and policy makers, will aim to show how the retail sector is at the forefront of local communities and key in driving regeneration.

John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth said: “The robust Scottish retail sector has a significant role to play in the new Scottish Government’s vision of sustainable economic growth for Scotland, as well as being able to help drive positive change in urban regeneration.”

Speakers at the event will include Nigel Keen, director of development for Waitrose and SRC chairman Ken MacKenzie, who said: “Retailers are crucial to thriving and reviving local neighbourhoods in Scotland. With customers under pressure and a downturn likely for 2008, it’s crucial that politicians recognise the wider importance of a favourable retail environment and resist adding new tax and regulatory burdens.”

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