Tom Arthur, the Scottish Government Minister responsible for retail, will be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Federation in Scotland.
Mr Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, was born in Paisley and has been the MSP for Renfrewshire South since 2016.
Last year he launched the 100 day £10 million Scotland Loves Local Fund. This was to provide 50% match funding for local projects between £5,000 and £25,000 for small-scale improvements, climate, active travel programmes, home delivery digital schemes, pop up shops and markets.
In October he rejected calls to stop large traders opening on New Year’s Day. Later last year he indicated potential tighter restrictions on out of town retail development.
After completing his studies in music at Glasgow University, Mr Arthur worked as a freelance piano teacher and keyboardist, performing across Scotland at weddings and corporate events.
He first became politically active during the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections and is a previous National Secretary of SNP Youth
He is a Deputy Whip and has previous served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs; the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.