SNP to establish small business unit
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:41
Strong record on small business support will continue
A re-elected SNP Government will establish a small business unit to assist small and medium enterprises in Scotland in applying for public sector contracts.
Over the last four years three out of every four contracts have been awarded to small businesses totalling nearly 50% of the value of all public expenditure on goods and services.
In addition the SNP Government has more than doubled the number of payments to small business made within 10 days – ensuring over 92% of businesses are paid within 10 days easing the cashflow problems faced by small business during the recession.
Announcing the commitment Finance Secretary John Swinney said:
“We have backed small business with our small business bonus and with our efforts to increase the number of contracts going to small and medium sized Scottish business.
“We have helped social enterprise with around 200 enterprises receiving training in bidding for contracts and we have brought contracts together on Public Contracts Scotland allowing business to register online, making it easier than ever for Scottish based small and medium sized businesses to bid for contracts.
“We want that progress, where Scottish small businesses benefit from the spending and investment of the Scottish government to continue. That is why we will establish a unit through the Scottish Government working with Scottish Enterprise dedicated to providing local businesses with the advice they need to win even more public sector contracts in Scotland and throughout the UK.
“The SNP Government has already set up a space on Public Contracts Scotland to advertise and promote contracts connected to the Forth Crossing that will bring significant business benefit to small and medium Scottish firms and we have hosted a series of events to promote those contracts. We want to see the successes of small business over the last four years continue and small and medium sized business in Scotland reach their full potential as we work together to make Scotland better."
Welcoming the announcement SNP candidate for Falkrik East Cllr Angus MacDonald, SNP Economic Development spokesperson at Falkirk Council said;
"The creation of a small buisiness unit to assist small and medium sized firms in Scotland to bid for public sector contracts could have a significant impact in Falkirk district. The SNP, if re-elected, will continue its strong support for SMEs, encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit with for example a commitment to retain the Small Business Bonus for another 4 years."