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Scotland's finance minister swaps sums for snow board!

Inspired by the Winter Olympic Games, Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution and MSP for Renfrewshire North and West, briefly swapped his sums for a snowboard when he enjoyed a lesson at Snow Factor Braehead.
Located within his constituency, Snow Factor Braehead, Scotland’s only indoor real snow-sports destination, was recently named Digital Business of the Year in the inaugural Scottish section of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018.’  
Snow Factor, part of Ice Factor Group that also owns Ice Factor Kinlochleven in the West Highlands, has seen online sales achieve over 60% growth year-on-year since 2012 and after adopting a digital first strategy across its businesses. 
Mr Mackay was keen to talk to Jamie Smith, owner of Ice Factor Group and a member of FSB, the UK’s largest business organisation, about the key factors driving ongoing success of his business. Derek Mackay MSP commented:  “Small and medium sized businesses are fundamental drivers in securing sustainable economic growth. In Renfrewshire we are fortunate to have a high number of quality businesses and enterprises now operating, bringing jobs and economic growth to the local area.
“With the success of online bookings and digital promotion, businesses, such as Snow Factor, can attract visitors from across the West of Scotland and further afield to the area.  I want to congratulate the team at Snow Factor Braehead for their recent FSB award, and thank them for taking the time to show me around.”