Busi­nesses ben­e­fit from rates scheme

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

Air­drie MSP Alex Neil has wel­comed new fig­ures which he says “prove” the suc­cess of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Small Busi­ness Bonus scheme.

Across Scot­land, the small busi­ness bonus scheme paid out more than £226 mil­lion in the past year, sup­port­ing over 103,000 firms by re­duc­ing their rates li­a­bil­ity and tak­ing some out of busi­ness rates al­to­gether.

In North La­nark­shire, the num­ber of firms ben­e­fit­ting from the flag­ship Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment pol­icy has risen from 2340 in 2008 to 4154, with £10.4 mil­lion be­ing spent across the area to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses.

Mr Neil said: “Th­ese fig­ures prove the suc­cess of the Small Busi­ness Bonus for firms across North La­nark­shire.

“To have 4154 busi­nesses in North La­nark­shire and over 103,000 across Scot­land ben­e­fit­ing from this pol­icy is good for jobs and good for com­mu­ni­ties – help­ing to keep more money in our neigh­bour­hoods and boost­ing our high streets.”

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