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|FSB: Local growth needs to be government focus|
|Thursday, 06 April 2017|
Official statistics published today show that the Scottish economy contracted by 0.2 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2016. Over the whole of 2016, Scottish GDP grew by 0.4 per cent – compared to growth across the UK of 1.8 per cent.
Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “Today’s anaemic growth figures shows there’s much to do to nurse the Scottish economy back to health.
“In 2016, the decline in our oil and gas industry obviously hit many firms and local economies hard. The cost of employment also went up substantially last year – with the impact of pension auto-enrolment and big increases to the national living wage having a substantial impact on Scotland’s large service sector.
“Scottish small business confidence fell substantially after last year’s vote to leave the European Union – but smaller firms north of the border were more pessimistic about business prospects even before the poll.
“If Scotland is to avoid recession, we need to see action from governments in Edinburgh and London to boost local firms. Scottish Government and UK Government Ministers need to avoid fixating on inward investment – and put real effort into developing genuinely resilient local economies.”
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