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Scottish SMEs are the ‘beating heart’ of community and economy, says Sturgeon

SMEs are crucial to the success of Scotland’s economy: that will be First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s message to the Federation of Small Businesses’ National Conference this week.

Ms Sturgeon will address more than 1,200 owners of small firms at the event at Glasgow’s SECC on Friday (18 March), two days after Chancellor George Osborne delivers his much-anticipated Budget.


Economic ‘driving force’

Speaking ahead of the FSB conference, she said: “The Scottish government is committed to supporting our small businesses as their success is so integral to the success of the economy.

“[It] will continue to champion small businesses and their capacity for sustainable and inclusive growth.

“Since we introduced the Small Business Bonus Scheme in 2008, the amount of money being saved by businesses every year has more than doubled. This means that almost 100,000 business premises in Scotland now pay zero or reduced rates under this scheme alone.

“Small businesses are the beating heart of our communities and a driving force in our economy and I look forward to addressing the Federation of Small Businesses and continuing our work together to maintain Scotland’s reputation as an excellent place to do business.”


Business to thrive in Scotland

Andy Willcox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, added: “The First Minister is the most influential Scottish politician of her generation and we’re thrilled that she recognises the importance of small firms to our collective success.

“Delegates from across the UK will be keen to hear how her government plans to make Scotland the best place to do business.”

The FSB is calling for the delivery of universal superfast broadband and improvement of the country’s patchy mobile phone coverage.

In addition, it wants the government to make it easier for small firms to access public sector contracts, to reform business rates and to reduce burdensome regulation for the smallest companies.