Forum launches new campaign for Scottish firms
By Claire West
The Forum of Private Business today launches a campaign exclusively for Scottish firms: Get Scotland Trading.
The campaign is aimed at transforming the fortunes of smaller businesses on issues specific to Scotland, and what the Scottish government can do to help.
It builds on the wider Get Britain Trading campaign which has focused on the work of decision-makers in Westminster. Get Scotland Trading specifically aims to raise awareness of the huge contribution small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make to the Scottish economy.
It also aims to make that contribution even bigger — and help push forward economic recovery — by vastly improving the conditions smaller businesses are forced to operate under.
In order for the campaign to work, the Forum is calling on as many SMEs as possible to get behind it by visiting www.getscotlandtrading.co.uk.
The Forum's Chief Executive, Phil Orford, said: "Scotland has its own parliament and its own unique issues and opportunities. At a macro level we can do much more to help make things better for Scotland’s small businesses by customising this campaign to make it more effective and more relevant for them.
"Promoting the success of Scottish businesses despite the tough conditions is going to be an important part of this campaign. There are small firms in Scotland that are thriving and we want to shout about it.
"We will also continue to lobby and work with the Scottish Government to improve conditions for small firms. Primarily we would like to see the introduction of a small business fuel allowance to help Scottish firms that are affected more than most by high fuel prices.
“We know high fuel costs are a major barrier to firms in the more remote parts of Scotland — the cost of distribution has been identified in our own research as a major disadvantage to firms here.
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