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03 September 2019

FSB on Programme for Government

Reference number: SPUR0309

Commenting on the 2019-20 Programme for Government – unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Holyrood this afternoon – the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scotland Policy Chair, Andrew McRae, said:

“The Programme for Government shows that Ministers, like many Scottish small businesses, need to balance long-term future ambitions with the immediate need to focus on the Brexit uncertainty.

“We had urged restraint on new rules and regulations that would impose further cost and time demands on small businesses, so it’s something of a relief that there were no major surprises.

“That said, it may have been better to announce a moratorium on all new small business regulations and shelve some of the previously announced measures that were reiterated today. But, if the government is to press ahead with radical changes to transport, or taxes like the latte levy and the tourist tax, we need to see great care taken with the implementation – especially in the smallest businesses who make up 98% of the business base.

“The work required to make Scotland carbon neutral is challenging, but, managed properly, could offer opportunities for business.”