Leanne Wood has visited two local businesses as part of a campaign to encourage more people to shop locally.
The Rhondda AM went to The Bike Doctor and Deli in Porth as part of the annual Small Business Saturday which is promoted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). In Wales, the FSB called on people to spend at least £10 with local independent small businesses on the day itself.
During the visits, Leanne was joined by Plaid Cymru council candidates for the Porth ward, Alun Cox and Julia Williams.
Ms Wood said: “It is great to see these two businesses prospering in our town centres. While they may be different in terms of the product they sell, both Bike Doctor and The Deli are linked by a commitment to quality produce and providing excellent customer service.
“They are a great example of what a small business can provide that a large retail outlet just cannot. I would encourage everyone who wants to see our town centres survive and thrive to get behind their local businesses and shop locally in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.
“This is not just for the sake of the business owners, but also for the staff they employ and the local economy. Research has shown that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. For shopping online or out-of-town, only 5p trickles back into the local economy for every pound spent.
“This is why Plaid Cymru is happy to support Small Business Saturday because turning around our economy is a priority.”
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