Local MP Jo Swinson welcomed Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael and local businesses to a discussion on the debate around Scotland’s future in the UK. Following the event this is what local business people had to say:
Commenting Mary Maguire of Milngavie-based If Only said:
“We at If Only... are looking forward to continued engagement with a government which really works hard for small businesses.”
Commenting, Marie McAleer of Kirkintilloch-based Rosa Red Jewellery said:
“We were very impressed by Alistair Carmichael at last week’s Independence discussion. He managed to achieve the right balance between emotion and facts. As a small business we are absolutely against splitting from the rest of the UK and he encapsulated perfectly the worries and dangers that separation will bring without being a scaremonger. Informative and thought provoking.”
Commenting, Bearsden businesswoman Tatjana Hine OBE FRSA said:
“The meeting held in Bearsden with Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael MP and Jo Swinson MP was extremely interesting and useful. It allowed us express our points and concerns regarding the future of business in Scotland after independence as well as the ramifications of such a move. As businesspeople we were very grateful to have the chance for such a discussion in what was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”
Alan Rankin of PAR Physiotherapy said:
"Attended a good night with Jo Swinson and Alistair Carmichael to discuss Scottish independence. Very informative night led by two excellent MPs. The implications to business in Scotland were laid out and discussed. We have a new business which is doing well under the present coalition. We do not see any reason to risk our business by taking a step into the dark of independence."
Fergus Hardie of Hardie Polymers said:
"We have a fast growing local business with the majority of our new customers in England and Europe. As part of the UK we have no worries at all about trade barriers which is really important to our future. Personally I have not met anyone in the business community who is in favour of leaving the United Kingdom and leaving the EU. We have just started to come out of the worst ever economic crisis – an Independent Scotland would take us right into another."