Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart backed small businesses in Stirling at a dedicated session in the Scottish Parliament this week.
At the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) event Mr Lockhart exchanged ideas about bank branch and ATM closures, talked about plans to reform business rates, and discussed ways to ensure more smaller businesses win public contracts.
Official figures show that there are 4250 registered businesses in Stirling and almost nine in ten (88.8%) of them are small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees. These firms employ 14,630 people and turn over more than £1,253 million annually.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
“Smaller businesses are vitally important to our local economy. Therefore it was great to discuss with the FSB new ways to give these operators a boost.
“FSB highlighted that while many smaller firms continue to power ahead, others are finding trading conditions difficult and have concerns about the future. Politicians like me need to ensure that we give our local enterprises the best opportunity to succeed.