Thursday, 12 March 2009
John Scott MSP demands more help for small businesses
FURTHER evidence of the effects of the recession was revealed this week with figures from the Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers showing that the number of new business start-ups in South Ayrshire fell by nearly a quarter over the last year.
Reacting to the news, John Scott MSP for Ayr (pictured above) is calling for greater support for local small and medium sized companies.
He said: “The figures from the Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers, which gather together the number of new business start-ups that have opened accounts with any of the four Scottish clearing banks, show that, during 2008, just 436 new businesses were started across South Ayrshire. That compares with 569 over the previous year and 536 during 2006.
“This underlines the urgent need for action from the government to support small and medium-sized businesses, which provide thousands of jobs for local people in South Ayrshire. Three specific steps I believe they should be taking would be to cut small firms’ payroll taxes, to help companies with the costs of hiring new staff by giving tax breaks for new jobs, and to allow struggling firms to defer their VAT bills for up to six months.
“These would be practical steps that would help shore up existing small and medium sized companies, help protect local jobs and encourage the start-up of new businesses locally.”
John Scott MSP for Ayr
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