Common Market: Boost for Scottish small businesses as new ethical market launches


Can small Scottish ethical businesses compete with powerful global corporations?

A NEW trading platform to promote small ethical Scottish businesses has been launched in time for the Christmas shopping boom.

The Common Market website launches in an online shopping world already dominated by large business concerns. It seeks to create an easily accessible venue for shopping with small Scottish businesses, which has a smaller carbon footprint and is more beneficial to local economies than buying from global corporations.

The new website already hosts a range of businesses including artists, food producers and fashion retailers among others and is already taking orders.

Welcoming the launch, bestselling Scottish writer and author Sara Sheridan, said: “It’s exciting to see this kind of support for independent Scottish producers. People are more positive than ever about shopping in an ethical way, in their own communities and supporting local talent and skills.”

Commenting on the launch, Campaign Officer for Common Weal Max Wiszniewski, said: “There is a lot of justified feelings of negativity towards 2016 so far but it’s been inspiring to see so many people choosing to get involved in this project. By connecting local, ethical and independent Scottish producers with people around the country, Common Market could become the good news story we need to end the year.”

Background: Common Market to launch in time for an ethical Christmas

The platform, which is a trading arm of Common Weal, will take only a small commission from purchases to cover running costs.

The Common Market website can be found here.

It’s facebook page can be found here.

Businesses interested in joining the platform, or customers with any queries can contact Common Market by email at

Picture courtesy of Cyrielle Marlet

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