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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the publication of statistics showing that the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus scheme has helped to support support 4,352 businesses in Perth and Kinross this year – with the new figures proving once again the SNP Scottish Government’s commitment to local jobs and communities.

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 Perth and Kinross, the number of firms benefitting from this flagship Scottish Government policy has risen from 2,893 in 2008 to 4,352 in 2017/18, with £8.6 million being spent across Perth and Kinross to support local businesses this year.

Commenting, Ms Cunningham said:

“These figures prove the success of the Small Business Bonus for firms across Perth and Kinross.

“To have 4,352 businesses in Perth and Kinross 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 £8.6 million in Perth and Kinross alone.

“I remember speaking to local businesses when this SBBS was first introduced – coincidentally at a time of huge financial crisis globally – and, while it had been intended as a means of helping small businesses grow, it it became the thing that kept many of them afloat.

“One of the most pleasing aspect of these statistics is the growth in the amount of support for small businesses that the Scottish Government has been able to provide.  Since the first year of the SBBS, the number of Perth & Kinross firms being given help has gone up by 50 per cent – and the value of that help has soared by almost £6 million, a whopping 218.5% per cent.

“Only the SNP are taking the necessary action to help our local firms – and it is great to see so many firms benefitting from this in the last year.”

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