Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson joined Finlay Carson, the Conservative Candidate for May’s UK election, last Friday when they visited a number of successful home based businesses and initiatives in Galloway.
At the end of the day, having visited Super Control, in Castle Douglas, Castle McLellan pate makers in Kirkcudbright, Galloway’s Garage, Twynholm, Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre and the Creetown Initiative, Ruth Davidson said: “I have been enormously impressed with the innovation and entrepreneurial ambition that I experienced today. Indigenous businesses, starting small and growing to provide local jobs is what a local economy is all about. Today has shown that if central and local Government provide the right business environment, Dumfries and Galloway people are ready to take full advantage.”
Finlay Carson said: “As a local businessman, I am fully aware of the huge potential in Dumfries and Galloway for small and medium-sized enterprises to flourish. What we badly need is a more business friendly environment. Helping to provide one is why I want to represent this region in Parliament.
“We often do not recognise and celebrate the success of local businesses. Super Control are market leaders with their self-catering booking software. Castle McLellan produce the UK’s No.1 branded pate. Galloway’s Garage has overcome the problems faced by many rural garages and is a great example of how to diversify to survive. Laggan Outdoor proves that small family farms do have a future with the McConchie brothers all playing their part in taking the business forward. Creetown Initiative helps support organisations across the country and its success is an indication of the talented individuals we have in the area. “