Leaders quizzed on business


On Tuesday evening, an event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in association with the Sunday Times Scotland, will see Scotland’s political leaders pitched against one another with key questions being asked about business and the economy.

Under the spotlight will be the SNP’s Alex Salmond, Labour’s Iain Gray, Lib Dem Tavish Scott, Conservative Annabel Goldie, and the Greens’ Patrick Harvie.

Chairing the event, to be held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, will be political broadcaster Colin Mackay.

Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convener, said: “Scotland’s small businesses have faced some tough times since the last Scottish Parliament elections. Our members have been leaned on by banks and big business.

“Many still sometimes feel that government at all levels can forget how important they are.

“However, we are encouraged at the pro-small business stance adopted by all the parties in this election.

“They know, as we do, that Scotland’s small businesses have a track-record of creating jobs, generating revenues and advocating for community improvements.

“They know, with big business already shedding jobs and the public sector facing difficult times, it is more important than ever that they give small businesses the tools they need to get on with the job.

“I look forward to seeing Scotland’s next first minister making their case to Scotland’s small businesses.”{jcomments on}