Small Businesses

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 14th March 2011.

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Photo of Irene Oldfather Irene Oldfather Labour

Question S3W-40104

To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the likely impact of the European Union’s policy framework, The Small Business Act, on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government is fully supportive of the EU Small Business Act, which complements our Government Economic Strategy and Purpose. The Scottish Government welcomes the European Commission’s intention to review the Small Business Act as a helpful opportunity to examine progress made to embed the principles and implement its specific measures.

While we have not undertaken any formal evaluation or assessment to quantify the cumulative impact of the range of measures under the Small Business Act, it is important to identity what more needs to be done to ensure momentum is maintained to further improve the EU business environment for SMEs. We will take account of any new ideas or approaches that emerge in due course from the review.

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