Covid-19 Recovery (Support) (Highlands and Islands)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 2nd March 2022.

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Photo of Rhoda Grant Rhoda Grant Labour

I welcome that flexibility, but the cabinet secretary will be aware that the funding that was made available during the first lockdown left many businesses behind. Despite the time that elapsed, the same funding was issued subsequently. That was extremely frustrating for businesses that received no funding on either occasion, some of which are close to going under. Will the cabinet secretary consider ways in which he can help businesses that have missed out on substantial funding over the piece to start up again, to survive and to go forward in order to help the economy in the Highlands and Islands to recover?