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North East Scotland authorities urged to get behind local businesses

City deals, public procurement spend and mobile connectivity were just some of the items on the FSB’s asks of the incoming administrations across the North East in the run up to the recent local council elections.

FSB has urged council leaders in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross – part of the £1.84bn Tay Cities Deal – to push for the appointment of a small business champion, to ensure that key decisions take account of smaller businesses’ interests.  

Catherine Ward, FSB’s Development Manager in the North East, said, “Small businesses are a vital part of the Tay region, contributing £4.5bn to the local economy.  The new administration must ensure that the Tay Cities Deal reflects the broad range of businesses across the catchment area, the vast majority of which are micro and small businesses.  If the deal is to make any meaningful impact on the lives of people and communities, it must take account of diversity and the importance of inclusive growth.”

In Dundee, FSB called on the council to increase its public procurement spend with local smaller businesses, while Aberdeenshire Council were urged to improve mobile connectivity, by subsiding small scale mast structures and community mobile coverage.

Catherine Ward said:  “Most smaller firms have far more contact with their local authority than central government. And we know that smaller firms are key to prosperous local economies. In these uncertain times, strong partnerships between councils and their business communities are more important than ever.   

“We’ve been meeting the councils to see how best the practical measures we’ve recommended can be implemented to ensure that smaller businesses get the support they need to thrive.”