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Figures released show 603 businesses benefited from Scottish Government support

SNP MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed new figures showing 603 businesses in East Dunbartonshire have received Scottish Government grants to support firms through the coronavirus crisis.

A total of £7 million has been awarded in East Dunbartonshire through a Scottish Government scheme to support small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector.

This grant support is worth over £1 billion to business, and is part of the wider business support package worth £2.3 billion.

So that funding can be distributed as quickly as possible, eligibility for the grant scheme is linked to the non-domestic rates system.

Commenting, SNP MSP Rona Mackay said:

“COVID-19 has posed some of the greatest challenges we have faced as a country. I know all too well the impact this is having on families, households and incomes. I am under no illusions that this is a very difficult time for businesses.

“That is precisely why the Scottish Government funding is designed to support firms and ensure that our economy is on the best possible footing when we get through this health crisis. Over £7 million worth of business support has been released throughout East Dunbartonshire, with 630 grants being awarded to businesses throughout our community.

“Our support for business is now worth £2.3 billion, which is more than we have received from the UK Government and actively works to fill the gaps in the UK schemes with tailored support for the Scottish economy.

“I encourage all businesses in Strathkelvin and Bearsden to ensure they are receiving the support they’re entitled to.” END

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.



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