City deals, public procurement spend and the state of our roads were just some of the items on the FSB’s asks of the incoming administrations across the region in the run up to May’s local council elections.
FSB urged council leaders in Edinburgh and Fife to push for the appointment of a small business champion for the Edinburgh City Region deal to ensure that key decisions take account of smaller businesses’ interests. We also reiterated our member survey data showing small businesses don’t want a tourist tax to be levied in the capital.
In the Borders, FSB highlighted Government statistics showing that local roads were deteriorating faster than in any other council area in Scotland. Local businesses and the visitor economy need decent roads or face the risk of people going elsewhere instead. In Midlothian, FSB called on the council to increase its public procurement spend with local smaller businesses to ensure their spending has the biggest possible impact on the local economy.
All of this work will be followed in the coming months with visits to the new council administrations to press the case for small businesses.