SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SCHEME SUPPORTS 2665 BUSINESSES WITH RATES RELIEF
The Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus scheme has helped to support 2665 businesses in Renfrewshire this year – with the new figures proving once again the SNP Scottish Government’s commitment to local jobs and communities, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South Tom Arthur has said.
Across Scotland, the Small Business Bonus Scheme, brought about by the SNP Government 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 altogether.
And across Renfrewshire, the number of firms benefitting from this flagship Scottish Government policy has risen from 1797 in 2008 to 2665 in 2017/18, with £6.6 MILLION being spent across Renfrewshire to support local businesses this year.
Commenting, local SNP MSP Tom Arthur said:
“These figures prove the success of the Small Business Bonus for firms across Renfrewshire.
“To have 2665 businesses in Renfrewshire 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.
“Over the last decade, the 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.
“It is the SNP that has delivered over £226 million of rates relief across Scotland in 2017/18 – and over £6.6 million in Renfrewshire alone.
“Only the SNP are taking the necessary action to help our local firms – and it is great to see 2665 firms benefitting from this in the last year.”