Small Business Bonus Scheme (Evaluation)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Claire Baker Claire Baker Labour

It is important to note that the report also found that there was no empirical evidence that the small business bonus scheme is supporting enhanced business outcomes.

Businesses perceive there to be benefits, but that is not the same as evidencing that there are benefits—not least because limitations on the available data, which are highlighted in the report, make evaluation challenging, with problems in identifying businesses’ turnover, employment and investment as well as inconsistency in data collection and management.

Will the Scottish Government commit to regular and comprehensive assessments of the small business bonus scheme and other business support policies and to taking a more thorough and standardised approach to data collection, which would allow comparison with other business support schemes?