FSB: New economic plan needs to be backed by a pro-business Budget

The Scottish Government’s refreshed Economic Action Plan will only deliver if backed by concrete pro-business measures in the forthcoming Scottish Government Budget, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has said.

The plan, published today, outlines a range of measures Ministers are taking with the aim of boosting the economy.

Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair, said: “This new plan for the Scottish economy sets out the many ways in which the government aims to help the business community – an endeavour that should be welcomed.

“FSB has repeatedly called on the Scottish Government to create a business support system that provides a seamless, co-ordinated and joined-up service. Therefore, the delivery of a new bespoke website for enterprise advice, support and information should be applauded.

“However, the enterprise support landscape is littered with countless online ‘one-stop shops’. So, to be effective, we need to further de-clutter the landscape by reducing the number of publicly funded, business-facing websites.

“With all eyes on the upcoming Scottish Government Budget, Government and opposition need to build on this launch and agree a package of support to boost the fortunes of local businesses. Top of the list should be protecting the Small Business Bonus Scheme and backing migrant entrepreneurs.”