The Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme provided £8.6m of support for businesses across Dumfries and Galloway in 2017/18 – a 25.2% rise on the previous year. This was well above the average of £7.5m across Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.
The Small Business Bonus Scheme, delivered by the SNP since 2008/09, supports local firms by reducing their rates liability or taking firms out of business rates altogether.
With businesses across Scotland receiving a total support relief of £241m last year, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has said the Scottish Government’s commitment to local jobs and communities across Dumfries and Galloway is clear.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“This is a great example of Dumfries and Galloway getting an above average boost from a Scottish Government policy. We have many more small businesses in this region than in the big cities and so more of them get help from the SNP’s small business bonus.
“Businesses in Dumfries and Galloway have benefitted from a massive £8.6m in rates support, providing stability for local jobs and communities and giving firms that valuable headroom to grow and thrive.
“While Labour and the Tories have no credible plans between them, the SNP is getting on with the job – creating a better business environment in Dumfries and Galloway and helping to boost employment.”