I support this fully, we need all the help we can get in this environment, compared to the US and some of the European countries we have a real burden here which is hindering Scotland from growing in the SME sector. I hope to be talking with Andy soon to see what help can be given.
Rates relief call for small firms
The Federation of Small Businesses Scotland is urging the Scottish Executive to double the small business rates relief scheme (SBRRS) in a bid to reduce the rates burden on Scotland's small firms (The Scotsman). The move would see businesses with a rateable value of less than £3,500 effectively removed from the system. Andy Willox, policy convener for FSB Scotland, said: "England introduced a small business rates relief scheme in 2005, and we feel Scotland should again lead the way in small business support by doubling SBRRS, which could make a huge contribution to our business start-up, business sustainability and economic prospects."