MSP calls for focus on small business and high street regeneration

A new business survey issued by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed that small business confidence in Scotland is declining and is now at its lowest level since 2012.

Scottish Conservative MSP for West Scotland, Jamie Greene, said:

“this was a further sign that the SNP government has taken its eyes off the ball when it comes to the Scottish economy.

“Overall, the latest FSB Report shows that the Scottish economy has been struggling for a number of years and has been receiving inadequate support from the SNP Government.  Economic growth in Scotland has now under-performed the rest of the UK for a number of years.

“The SNP government has had nine years to address this issue but has consistently shown that it doesn’t understand the needs of small businesses in Scotland. 

Commenting on recent figures showing that unemployment in Scotland is higher than UK national average, he added:

“This is one of the reasons why unemployment is higher in Scotland then elsewhere in the UK.  A more dynamic approach to economic policy is required, in order to introduce policies that will address higher levels of unemployment and lower levels of growth.”

Mr Greene concluded by saying:

“The referendum neverendum from the SNP is having a direct effect on small business, the success of our high streets and general confidence in the Scottish Economy. Enough is enough.”