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On the 6th December the Dunbar Trades’ Association hosted a great exhibition event to highlight the wide variety of retail and amenities on offer in Dunbar. Putting on street entertainment and having a small business showcase in the Historical Town House drew visitors from Edinburgh, West Lothian and most importantly Dunbar and it’s surrounding villages. With Live music playing, Mulled Cider kindly donated by Thistly cross and Mince pies straight out of the newly refurbished kitchen of the Dunmuir Hotel there was plenty to tempt people out into the cold winters day.

Shoppers were encouraged to purchase their Christmas gifts and sample the delights of the Cafés with Lorraine Ferguson from Graze Coffee and Chocolate House organising a team of buskers to add ambience to our widely paved high street, before enjoying free gift wrapping from Patricia of Bloomia Florists. An early morning visit was made by East Lothian MSP Iain Gray alongside his colleague MP Fiona O’Donnell, our own Michael Veitch local councillor was there for the duration of the morning greeting and meeting locals as they came to see the small business expo.

Michael and Pauline

A true advocate for small business Michael said

“I was delighted to support small business Saturday in Dunbar. We are extremely fortunate to have such a rich variety of high quality local businesses in the town and I congratulate all the local traders who participated.”

Iain fiona and Patricia

Iain Gray speaking after the event said:
“We had a really enjoyable morning in Dunbar and I was pleased to pick up some Christmas presents while I was there. The Dunbar Trades’ Association deserve great credit for the effort they put into the day. I want to thank them and everyone else who was involved in the activities for making Small Business Saturday such a success in Dunbar, and urge local people to continue to shop locally in the days up to Christmas.”
Fiona added:
“Local traders in Dunbar made a terrific effort for Small Business Saturday this year. The activities and promotions they put on really helped to raise the profile of local retailers and businesses. They add a huge amount to the character and local economies of the county’s towns. I’m delighted that Iain and I have again this year had the opportunity to celebrate and promote the choice on offer to customers in our towns and the benefits of shopping local.”

The exhibitors on the day were Scottish Gifts for U, Belhaven Bikes, Lucy Spratt Music Tuition, Belhaven Smokehouse, East Lothian Life Magazine, Bloomia Florists, Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers, Dunmuir Hotel and Dunbar’s latest soon to be addition to the High street Vinyl Frontier.

Other local businesses made huge efforts to draw custom with great offers from Graze Coffee and Chocolate House, Bass Rock Gallery, Dunbar T-Shirt Shop, 1650 Café and Wee Red Boutique who were resident at Dunbar’s Pop Up Shop.

Our very own Steven Hill who is also Chair of the Trades Association said:

“I would like to personally thank everyone, both business owners and customer who put the effort in today. It’s often at this time of year we forget what Christmas is about, which is community. Those of us who work in small businesses aren’t looking to get rich, we simply want to feed our families and put a roof over our heads. We don’t have wealthy shareholders, our customers are our shareholders and those are the people we strive to make happy. When shopping small you are creating a better environment for your family to grow up in and thankfully here in Dunbar we are blessed with one of the best high streets in the UK. From a summer of events to year round offers and local brochures we are always working our fingers to the bone to make the town even better. I would like to thank Richard Baty at East Lothian Council who often works behind the scenes to support the cause of small business and he is instrumental in assisting us with the events we do. I look forward to working on plans for an even bigger spectacle next year.”