Forum launches new campaign for Scottish firms
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...also be pushing for a reduction of business-hindering red tape, that includes a reduction in the cost of planning applications, and for local councils to embrace the better regulation agenda,” he said.
GST also calls for number of changes to be made in order to allow smaller firms in Scotland to thrive, which in turn will boost employment and prosperity at a time of widespread economic uncertainty.
These includes a more efficient public sector procurement process, with local councils making it easier for small firms to compete for business. Improvement to infrastructure and investment in rural businesses are also on the GST agenda. Crucially, the Forum's campaign will encourage more positive promotion of Scotland and Scottish goods.
Added Mr Orford: “More needs to be done to promote brand Scotland. If Scottish businesses are to boost economic growth there must be a greater push on exports, particularly to new and emerging markets. With the popularity of the Scottish food and drinks industry there is huge scope for small firms to grow in this sector.
"But in order for Get Scotland Trading to be a success, we need as many firms as possible to visit www.getscotlandtrading.co.uk and to join the campaign.”