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FSB Scotland responds to First Minister’s speech

Responding to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at SNP Conference Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair said:

“Smaller firms want to play their part in building a fair and prosperous Scotland. But we need to be careful that these well-intentioned policy proposals don’t become a barrier to local firms winning public work, or receiving the right help to get through Brexit-related disruption.

“Smaller businesses are far less likely to use zero-hour contracts than big private or public organisations. And the majority of firms already signed up to the Scottish Government’s existing fair work initiative – the Business Pledge – are smaller operators. But your typical small business doesn’t have teams of people dedicated to demonstrating wider social contribution through accreditation schemes or glossy brochures.

“With fewer local businesses already winning public work, these changes must not result in giant specialist outsourcing companies scooping up yet more contracts.  That’s not the route to a fairer or more inclusive society.”