For small businesses to compete, grow and stay current they need support. But the business support landscape is complex, with a patchwork of public and private sector initiatives at both local and national levels.
A lack of joined-up thinking by policy makers at a national level means there’s little understanding of whether business support is working or not.
We believe a long-term and co-ordinated approach to business support will result in better services and consequently more energised and high-performing small businesses. We think this can be achieved by co-ordinating national plans and using Growth Hubs to deliver more targeted initiatives to help raise business performance.
In 2013 we published a major paper, ‘Micros Untapped’, looking at the support available for the smallest firms in Scotland, especially those looking to employ staff.
The report highlighted the lack of awareness and understanding of the needs of small businesses by public agencies and government departments responsible for boosting employment.
In direct response to the report, the Scottish Government launched a £38 million SME growth programme.
The programme includes tailored business support for micro businesses, especially those looking to start employing staff.
We have lobbied and secured the most generous business support package in the UK, ensuring that Business Gateway is the main port of call for small business queries.
We’re lobbying the Scottish Government to incorporate all online public sector support to business into one site - my.gov.scot.
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