Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Glasgow’s local business Rate Relief recipients double to 10,000 during life of Scottish Government.

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The Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus scheme has helped to support 9,953 of businesses in Glasgow this year – with the new figures proving once again the SNP Scottish Government’s commitment to local jobs and communities, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin 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 Glasgow, the number of firms benefiting from this flagship Scottish Government policy has doubled, from 4,713 in 2008 to 9,953 in 2017/18, with £27.5m being spent across Glasgow to support local businesses this year.

Commenting, local SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“These figures prove the success of the Small Business Bonus for firms across Glasgow.

“To have nearly 10,000 businesses in Glasgow 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.

“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 £27.5m in Glasgow alone.

“Only the SNP are taking the necessary action to help our local firms – and it is great to see 9,953 firms benefiting from this in the last year.”

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