Businesses invited to independence debates

To help focus on the issues that will matter to businesses ahead of the upcoming referendum, two events in Newton Stewart and Dumfries have been organised by the Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce working with the Dumfries and Galloway branch of FSB and the Wigtownshire Chamber.

For the Newton Stewart event on the 26th August the Yes campaign will be represented by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and Aileen McLeod MSP South Scotland. The Better Together case will be put by Annabel Goldie MSP, former leader of the Scottish Conservatives alongside Russell Brown, local MP and Shadow Scotland Office Minister.

At Dumfries the day before, on 25th August, the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael MP with local MP and Under-Secretary of State David Mundell will speak for the Better Together campaign. Arguing the case for the Yes campaign will be Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning with Joan McAlpine MSP South Scotland.

Commenting on these meetings, Chamber president Brian Rennie said: “We want to make sure that everyone in business locally has the opportunity to directly quiz the politicians on what potential impact independence could have for business.”

Wolf Richthofen, Chair of Wigtownshire Chamber said: “Much of the debate so far has centered on the urban areas of Scotland but this will let those in business in a rural area explore issues relevant to them.”

Brian Sherman, chair of the local branch of FSB added: “These events will be unique in bringing together some of the key protagonists in this debate with members of all of the business organisations in the region.”

To attend either of these free events then you must book online on the Chamber website, or follow the link on the Dumfries and Galloway Branch page of the FSB website,, or by calling the Chamber office on 01387 270866. When you book you can also put your question to the panel. Questions will be restricted to matters relating to business and the economy to make sure that the event answers the questions in the minds of the local business community.