15th April 2020

Commenting on the additional £220m funding for businesses announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP, Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“We raised directly with Scottish Ministers the gaping anomaly between the financial support available for businesses with more than one property in Scotland compared to businesses in the rest of the UK. Today’s announcement is a positive step in the right direction which will give much-needed financial relief to many small businesses.

“We are also pleased to hear the Scottish Government is providing support to newly self-employed people not eligible for other schemes. Questions still remain on the criteria and speed of delivery and Ministers must provide businesses with reassurance that cash support will be released quickly. The harsh reality of this situation means any delays in support is the difference between a business going under or surviving.”

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