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04 September 2018

FSB on PfG: Put the pedal to the metal on drive for economy

Reference number: SPUR0409

Commenting on the 2018-19 Programme for Government – unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Holyrood this afternoon – FSB’s Scotland Policy Chair, Andrew McRae, said:

“Today the First Minister underlined her ambition for the Scottish economy. But to turn these dreams into reality, we’ll need to see every member of her Ministerial team put the pedal to the metal.      

“Increased infrastructure spending should make Scotland a better place to do business. But we need to ensure that we squeeze every drop of value from this taxpayer spending with new efforts to help Scottish small firms win public contracts. Further, new roads are of little use if we’re not maintaining the ones we already have.    

“We’re pleased to see the Scottish Government listen to our call for a new fund to help businesses adapt to Scottish low emission zones. And, new legislation on business rates should modernise this creaking property tax. 

“But, on both of these fronts, Ministers will be required to follow the detail and to ensure that local authorities and agencies put local businesses and the economy at the top of their agendas.

“A new drive to upskill and retrain Scotland’s workforce is a smart move, which should prepare the country for the future, whatever’s around the corner. Our skills system will need to shift into another gear if we’re going to see this in place before the UK leaves the EU.”

 

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