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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has supported Small Business Saturday – which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses – by visiting a number of small businesses in her constituency.

Figures from the Scottish Government show there are 6,080 small enterprises across Perth & Kinross – contributing £2,279 million to the local economy and supporting over 25,000 jobs.

Through the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme, 5,518 businesses in Perth & Kinross will benefit from a cap to their business rates bills for the next four years. The planned expansion of the scheme means that local businesses, including hotels, will see rates capped at a maximum of 12.5% in real terms each year until 1st April 2022.

Ms Cunningham said:

“Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity for us to show how much we value local businesses here in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire.  I took the opportunity this weekend to call in on some of the best independent traders in Crieff.

“Jazz, run by Tom Jardine, is a fantastic wee shop, crammed with an excellent range of potential Christmas presents.  From there I popped in to the Crieff Food Company; two floors of food, drink, books, gifts and decorations.  With a real focus on local producers, this is a small local business supporting other small local businesses.

“And what better way to round off a day at the shops than with a cuppa in the café?  Café Rhubarb, run by owners Martin and Laura.  My chat with them highlighted the threat that Brexit poses to the small businesses sector, as it does to so many other aspects of our economy.  Martin is Dutch and the uncertainty about what Brexit would mean for them is a real concern.

“Small businesses are invaluable to our local economy, supporting jobs and growth in our communities.  It’s fantastic to see 5,518 small businesses in Perth & Kinross benefiting from the SNP’s Small Business Bonus Scheme. 

“I will continue working to support local business and encourage enterprise in the area, helping to create opportunities for employment wherever possible.”

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