Christina St. John Ogilvie



The Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus scheme has helped to support 4,483 of businesses in South Lanarkshire this year – with the new figures proving once again the SNP Scottish Government’s commitment to local jobs and communities, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.

Across Scotland, the Small Business Bonus Scheme, brought about by the SNP Government in 2008/09, paid out over £226 million in 2017-18, supporting over 103,000 local firms by reducing their rates liability and taking some firms out of business rates altogether.

And across South Lanarkshire, the number of firms benefitting from this flagship Scottish Government policy has risen from 2,694 in 2008 to 4,483 in 2017/18, with £11.3 million being spent across South Lanarkshire to support local businesses this year.

Commenting, local SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“These figures prove the success of the Small Business Bonus for firms across Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.

“To have 4,483 businesses in South Lanarkshire and over 103,000 across Scotland benefitting from this policy is good for jobs and good for communities – helping to keep more money in our neighbourhoods and boosting our high streets.

“Over the last decade, the Scottish Government has taken strong action to support local businesses, while other parties have carped from the sidelines and chased cheap headlines rather than actually doing anything to support local jobs.

“It is the SNP that has delivered over £226 million of rates relief across Scotland in 2017/18 – and over £11.3 million in South Lanarkshire alone.

“Only the SNP are taking the necessary action to help our local firms –promoting jobs, growth and investment in my constituency.”