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Walking survey reveals positive news

The Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire has carried out a survey of the shopping areas in both Crieff and Auchterarder shows that relief for small businesses, an integral part of John Swinney’s recently announced Scottish budget, is benefiting the high streets of the constituency.

Speaking today (Monday) Ms Cunningham said:

 “The Scottish budget published recently by John Swinney highlights the totally contrasting approaches of the Scottish and UK Governments, after a raft of announcements put jobs, growth and fairness at the heart of the Scottish Government’s spending priorities.

 “Many, myself included, have worried for quite some time now about the impact that these difficult economic times are having on our High Streets and we wince everytime we hear of a big name chain shutting down or spot a new ‘To Let’ sign.

 “But after what might be best described as a “walking-survey” of the main shopping streets of Crieff and Auchterarder, I am pleased to say that they actually appear to be doing well, despite the financial climate which they find themselves in.

 “That is not to say that there are not problems to be addressed but I was really encouraged to discover that in Auchterarder there are only around 3% of shops on the High Street which are vacant, whilst occupied independent shops are prospering.”

 

“And Crieff has a similar story, with 83% of available shops being occupied.  By far the highest number of empty shops were, indeed, on the High Street itself but it also, of course, has the highest total number of properties.

 

“I know that there is more that needs to be done but there is a lot of positive news to be taken out of these numbers.  As we approach what we hope will be a busy shopping period in the coming months I wish retailers throughout my constituency all the best .”

Roseanna also highlighted comments Andy Willox, Scottish Policy Convenor of the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) who has said:

"It is great news that the lifeline small business rates relief package has been retained. Similarly, business rate incentives to encourage commercial landlords to get empty premises back into use will be welcomed on the high street. 

 "When other overheads such as utilities and fuel are really cranking up the pressure on our small retailers, any help in reducing running costs gives businesses vital breathing space."  

 

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design