Sandra White MSP has more businesses in her constituency, Glasgow Kelvin, than any other MSP in Scotland’s largest city, according to a new analysis. But neighbouring parliamentarian Ivan McKee MSP has the second fastest growing local business community in the country.
As part of their campaign to find Scotland’s best smaller firms, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed statistics showing Scotland’s most enterprising Scottish Parliament constituencies. The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 – supported by Business Gateway in Scotland - are free to enter and open to all of the country’s smaller enterprises.
Official ONS data shows that Glasgow has the constituency with the second largest business population in the country. Further, the city has two of the five constituencies with the fastest growing local business populations.
Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “While you might expect densely populated wealthy areas to have a large business population, it is interesting to see so many traditionally less affluent areas snapping at their heels.
“No matter their party or geography, Scotland’s MSPs know the vital contribution that smaller firms make to their constituencies’ economies and local communities. But we know that some in business are too modest for their own good. That’s why we’re launching these awards to find the best small business talent.”
Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said: "Glasgow Kelvin is a great place for businesses to set up, with a strong diverse mix of people and skills giving the area a unique economic strength. We have a wonderful mix, from world-leading universities to great local businesses - with Glasgow city centre's reputation as a shopping and leisure destination undoubtedly helping increase the number of businesses.
Ivan Mckee MSP said: “Glasgow Provan is a fantastic place for small businesses to set up and locate. When I stood for election I pledged to support and promote enterprise and business in the constituency and since then I’ve been working to help make this a reality including establishing Enterprising Provan to provide small grants to help start-ups.
“Businesses such as Soapworks and TotsBots are key players in this growth, and it would be excellent to see them and others secure the recognition they deserve in the upcoming FSB awards.”
Bill Kidd, MSP for Glasgow Anniesland which has seen its business community increase by more than a third over the last six years, said: "Local business growth in Anniesland is being driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the community, aided by Scottish Government initiatives such as the small business bonus - which have supported local businesses by removing them from rates and facilitated the growth of new enterprises such as the family-run Italian business, Caffe Pienno on Crow Road.
"It is great to see Anniesland perform so well in business growth - and businesses new and old would be wise to enter the FSB's awards to get the recognition they undoubtedly deserve."
FSB is partnering with Business Gateway – Scotland’s advice service people starting or growing their business – for their awards.
Hugh Lightbody, chief officer Business Gateway, said: “Business Gateway provides free practical help and advice to thousands of businesses day-in day-out, no matter where they’re based in Scotland or the stage they’re at in their business life cycle. While it is gratifying to see the business community grow in areas which need to grow their local economies, we’re there for start-ups and growing firms across the country.
“FSB and Business Gateway work closely across Scotland. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them to deliver these fantastic awards.”
Scottish businesses have until 10 November to lodge their awards application at fsbawards.co.uk The Scottish winners of 12 award categories will be announced at an award ceremony on 23 January at the Playfair Library in Edinburgh.