A CLYDEBANK gift shop has scooped a Best in Retail accolade at an MSP’s Small Business Awards.

A Crafty Affair – based in the Clyde Shopping Centre – was praised by Conservative MSP Pam Gosal after picking up the award during her annual recognition of much-loved local businesses in West Dunbartonshire.

The small family-owned shop offers a range of gifts, homeware and greeting cards, and has been run by owner Edith Wilson since 2011 along with her daughter and niece.

And Ms Gosal commended Edith’s enthusiasm for her business and her customers.

The West Scotland MSP said: “Small businesses are so important to local communities across East & West Dunbartonshire, and I am pleased to be able to recognise some of these businesses through my 2023 Small Business Awards.

“Ahead of this year’s Small Business Saturday, these awards have demonstrated the fantastic depth of small retailers in my West Scotland region, and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate their favourite small retailer.

“A Crafty Affair was a deserving winner of my Best in Retail category and received a number of votes from local residents who were impressed with the quality of service and the great range of products on sale.

“It was a pleasure to meet the store’s owner, Edith, who is clearly passionate about her family-owned business and deserves every credit for making the business such a success.

“I would like to wish Edith, her family, and A Crafty Affair all the best for the years to come”.

Prizes were available for various categories, including Best in Retail, with nominations open to the public for six weeks until November 17.

Hundreds of nominations were received for small businesses of all shapes and sizes, and Ms Gosal visited each winning business in person to deliver a special framed prize certificate ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 2.