FSB REPORT: JOHNSTONE URGES SUPPORT FOR SMALL FIRMS
Responding to a Federation of Small Businesses report showing that half of all Scottish businesses are based in the home, Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:
"This report shows how important small businesses are to the strength and diversity of our local economies. 94 per cent of Scottish private sector businesses have fewer than 10 employees, and it makes sense to help them grow and encourage new ones to follow.
"Access to finance and broadband must be addressed; another measure I’d like to see is a single-point regulator for very small enterprises in recognition of their scale. Instead of featherbedding multinationals who don’t pay their taxes, let’s unleash Scotland’s potential and support locally-owned, sustainable businesses."