Busi­ness boost for small firms

Hamilton Advertiser - - RELIGION - Staff re­porter

Fig­ures re­leased last week show the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s Small Busi­ness Bonus Scheme has helped to sup­port 4483 busi­nesses in South La­nark­shire this year.

The num­ber of firms ben­e­fit­ting from the pol­icy has risen from 2694 in 2008/09 to 4483 in 2017/18.

And £11.3 mil­lion was spent across the lo­cal au­thor­ity area to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses this year.

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey, whose con­stituency cov­ers Blan­tyre, said:“to have 4483 busi­nesses in South La­nark­shire and over 103,000 across Scot­land ben­e­fit­ting from this pol­icy is good for jobs and good for com­mu­ni­ties – help­ing to keep more money in our neigh­bour­hoods and boost­ing our high streets.”

Across Scot­land, the Small Busi­ness Bonus Scheme, in­tro­duced in 2008/09, paid out over £226 mil­lion in 2017-18, sup­port­ing over 103,000 lo­cal firms by re­duc­ing their rates li­a­bil­ity and tak­ing some firms out of busi­ness rates.

Ms Haughey added:“over the last decade, the SNP Scot­tish Govern­ment has taken strong ac­tion to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses, while other par­ties have carped from the side­lines and chased cheap head­lines rather than ac­tu­ally do­ing any­thing to sup­port lo­cal jobs.

“The SNP has de­liv­ered £73.3 mil­lion of rates relief across South La­nark­shire since 2008, show­ing we are the only party tak­ing the nec­es­sary ac­tion to help our lo­cal firms.”

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