Retailers meet with MSP to discuss High Street issues

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Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes met members of the Fort William Retail Association last week to discuss ways in which she can help small businesses on Fort William High Street.

They discussed topics such as the increase in car parking charges in the town centre, the economic impact of coach trade in Fort William and the group’s marketing plans for the coming year.

Ms Forbes said: ‘I met several retailers from Fort William High Street to discuss their aspirations and frustrations.

‘I want to see all the businesses on the High Street prospering, because the High Street should attract visitors.

‘We discussed the importance of having a really positive vision for the High Street, in an effort to attract more people to shop there.

‘The choices are always increasing as bigger chains open and online retail becomes cheaper.

‘In order to overcome these challenges, I want to champion the small businesses on the High Street.’