Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 7 February 2024.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

In the next financial year, businesses in the hospitality sector south of the border in the United Kingdom will receive 75 per cent rates relief; here, they will receive zero relief. Given that those businesses—including hotels, pubs, restaurants and some visitor attractions such as bingo clubs in my constituency—incurred major debt to survive the lockdown during Covid, that is a serious competitive disadvantage. Will the minister urge the Scottish Government, in the forthcoming budget, to match that lifeline rates relief for Scotland’s hospitality sector?