Colin Smyth with Allen Henderson from Sulwath Brewers
Colin Smyth with Allen Henderson from Sulwath Brewers

As the festive season approaches, South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth is encouraging everyone to consider shopping locally and supporting small, family businesses.

This week is Family Business Week 2021, a week-long celebration of family businesses, particularly in relation to supporting local communities across all parts of the UK, and providing a platform to highlight the role of business as a force for good.

As part of the week, Colin Smyth visited Sulwath Brewers in Castle Douglas to learn more about the work they do and the challenges they face.


Colin Smyth said: “It was fantastic to visit the award winning Sulwath Brewers again to catch up with owners Julie and Allen to talk about the challenges they face as a small, family business. Sulwath has been a huge local success story so it’s little wonder they scooped brewery of the year at the Scottish Business Awards. It’s been at the heart of the community now for nearly three decades and is a wonderful example of the quality produce here in our region.


“It has been a hugely challenging time for local businesses, especially the hospitality sector. But the pandemic has really highlighted the vital role that businesses play in supporting their local communities, and it is these community-focused values that are at the heart of family businesses.


“Rooted in their local communities, family businesses provide a long-term, sustainable model which views business as a force for good.


“As the festive season approaches and people are thinking about their Christmas shopping, I would encourage them to consider shopping locally where possible and helping to support some of the fantastic local businesses we have in Dumfries and Galloway.”

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