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DENNIS ROBERTSON SNP WELCOMES RECORD NUMBER OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE BENEFITTING FROM SNP’S SMALL BUSINESS BONUS SCHEME

SCOTLAND ‘MOST COMPETITIVE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS IN UK’

 

Welcoming new figures showing that the number of businesses benefiting from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) has reached a record high, the SNP has said that Scotland remains the most competitive place to do business in the UK.

 

The number of small businesses across Scotland benefiting from reduced or removed rates through SBBS has reached a record high of 99,559. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also already announced that the scheme will continue throughout the next parliamentary term if re-elected, meaning thousands of more business can benefit with another SNP term in government.

 

The figures came a day before control of business rates were given to Scotland’s Local Authorities, as announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at SNP conference.

 

Commenting, Dennis Robertson MSP Deputy Convener of the Energy, Economy and Tourism Committee said:

 

“Because of the SNP government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme, almost 100,000 small businesses are prospering and continuing to make Scotland the most competitive place to do business in the UK.

 

“Small Businesses are the lifeblood of communities and a key driver of the economic growth we need to deliver a fairer society. The SNP understands their importance, and as Nicola Sturgeon has pledged, it will continue to support them if the SNP is re-elected in May.

 

 

“While other parties argued against the bonus scheme, the SNP is well aware of the importance small businesses play in communities, as employers and in creating growth in our economy.

 

 

“Whilst other parties seek to strip away support, small businesses should know that they will always have an ally in an SNP Government.”

 

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Contact: SNP Press 0131 348 5740

 

Notes:

 

·         There are 99,559 recipients of Small Business Bonus Scheme relief in 2015-16, an increase from 96,265 in 2014-15.

 

·         The Small Business Bonus Scheme provided £174m in relief in 2015-16, an increase of £9m from £165m in 2014-15.

 

·         The number of properties receiving SBBS relief over the past 7 years has increased by 55% from 64,179 in 2008-09 to 99,559 in 2015-16.

 

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