CLARE HAUGHEY MSP ENCOURAGES SHOPPERS TO KEEP IT LOCAL

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CLARE HAUGHEY MSP ENCOURAGES SHOPPERS TO KEEP IT LOCAL

SNP MSP Clare Haughey is encouraging consumers in Rutherglen to shop locally and support the 9,050 small businesses in the local economy.

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget. This includes the Small Business Bonus scheme that has already saved smaller firms £1.5bn, lifting 100,000 business premises out of rates altogether.

SNP MSP for Rutherglen Clare Haughey commented:

“Shopping locally is good for communities, good for the environment and great for the local economy, supporting 46,930 workers in South Lanarkshire in small businesses.

“Today’s market provides many new challenges for retailers, including the move to online shopping as well as Brexit-fuelled inflation and more expensive imports that translate into higher prices at the checkout. Brexit is the biggest threat facing the Scottish economy and the SNP will continue challenging the Tory government’s extreme Brexit plans and standing up for Scottish businesses and jobs.

“Given these challenges, wherever possible, we should all seek to support Rutherglen’s huge variety of brilliant independent, locally run businesses. Each small business offers something unique and special, and it is important that we support them and help our local economy to thrive in a market that is increasingly dominated by the big players.”

ENDS

Notes:

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP at Padano’s restaurant on Small Business Saturday 2017.

clare padano

Scottish small business statistics (More: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00527402.pdf)

• Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99% of all of Scotland’s businesses.
• These firms provide 1.2 million jobs, 55% of private sector employment.
• Official data shows that there were 365,600 private sector businesses operating in Scotland during 2017, up 3 per cent from 2016.
• 40% of Scotland’s private sector turnover can be attributed to SMEs
• SMEs provide 4 out of 5 private sector jobs in rural areas.

FSB table:

 

    0 – 249 employees
Year Local Authority Number of enterprises Total Scottish employment
2017 Aberdeen City 8,980 57,870
2017 Aberdeenshire 14,040 62,230
2017 Angus 3,970 20,030
2017 Argyll and Bute 3,960 19,600
2017 City of Edinburgh 18,710 102,830
2017 Clackmannanshire 1,165 5,520
2017 Dumfries and Galloway 6,355 32,910
2017 Dundee City 3,430 23,990
2017 East Ayrshire 3,265 16,880
2017 East Dunbartonshire 3,035 12,580
2017 East Lothian 3,170 15,600
2017 East Renfrewshire 2,690 10,960
2017 Falkirk 3,900 21,850
2017 Fife 9,675 52,300
2017 Glasgow City 18,515 117,510
2017 Highland 10,925 54,550
2017 Inverclyde 1,710 9,610
2017 Midlothian 2,410 13,820
2017 Moray 3,295 17,520
2017 Na h-Eileanan Siar 1,175 5,410
2017 North Ayrshire 3,365 18,760
2017 North Lanarkshire 7,680 44,330
2017 Orkney Islands 1,490 6,780
2017 Perth and Kinross 6,240 32,810
2017 Renfrewshire 4,685 28,430
2017 Scottish Borders 5,130 25,400
2017 Shetland Islands 1,510 7,550
2017 South Ayrshire 3,630 19,700
2017 South Lanarkshire 9,050 46,930
2017 Stirling 3,920 19,610
2017 West Dunbartonshire 1,880 10,610
2017 West Lothian 4,705 27,240
2017 Total: 177,660 961,720

 

Date published: 12th April 2018

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