D&G gets record support from SNP Small Business Bonus

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SNP MSP for South Scotland Aileen McLeod is highlighting new figures showing that the cash value of support to Dumfries & Galloway’s small business sector through the Small Business Bonus scheme reached a record high of £6.1 million in the last financial year, with 4,647 premises across the region benefiting from reduced or removed rates.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also already announced that the scheme will continue throughout the next parliamentary term if re-elected, meaning thousands of more business can benefit with another SNP term in government.
Aileen said:
“It’s fantastic to see 4,747 small business premises across Dumfries & Galloway benefitting from the SNP Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme – with discounts in rates worth a record £6.1 million last financial year.
“Small businesses across the region are saving thousands with the scheme and that support will continue if the SNP is re-elected in May, as Nicola Sturgeon has pledged.
“While other parties argued against the bonus scheme, the SNP is well aware of the importance small businesses play in communities, as employers and in creating growth in our economy.
“Small businesses are vitally important to the economy of Dumfries & Galloway and a key driver of the economic growth we need to deliver a fairer society.  That is why in addition to the Small Business Bonus Scheme, every Council in Scotland will have the power to reduce business rates in their area, giving local communities more control of economic development and providing more support for business.
“This policy is delivering real support to our small business sector and at record levels too. It is another example of SNP policy directly benefitting Dumfries & Galloway.”

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