MSP Gil Paterson has praised the work of a community group in Milngavie for transforming a disused landmark into a new hub of fair trade.
On Wednesday, March 1, the local MSP was given a tour and introduced to volunteers and staff at the renovated B-listed building.
Now transformed into a fair trade shop and café, there are plans to expand and provide more services at the premises.
The idea for Gavin's Mill Fair Trade Shop and Café, a registered charity, was founded after Balmore Coach House near Kirkintilloch closed after 37 years.
Mr Paterson, the MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the community activists behind the amazing transformation of Gavin’s Mill.
“I am delighted this local landmark is having new life breathed into it, and especially because it is an ethical cause – it’s so important that we promote fair trade goods.
“Fair trade is becoming more and more popular, because great numbers of consumers and businesses are valuing a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect with countries and producers in the developing world, where fair prices are paid.”
In February, Mr Paterson recognised the transformation of Gavin’s Mill in a parliamentary motion to his MSP colleagues in Holyrood.
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