WEST Dunbartonshire’s small businesses are benefitting more than ever from a special Scottish Government rate relief scheme.
The Small Business Bonus programme has helped to support 1,359 businesses in the area in 2017/18, up from 1,168 in 2016/17.
A total of £3.3 million has gone to companies in West Dunbartonshire, according to SG statistics.
The figure has risen every year since 2007/8 when the SNP government first introduced the scheme.
Small businesses have received more than £226 million in 2017/18 across the whole of Scotland, more than 103,000 local firms.
Gil Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “It is excellent news that more businesses are making use of the Small Business Bonus Scheme because it shows there is an increase in entrepreneurial flare in West Dunbartonshire.
“The policy itself is one the SNP introduced nearly 10 years and it has been helping to cultivate the small business community not just in West Dunbartonshire, but across the nation.
“I would like to see more vibrant small businesses, because they form the heart of a community, and I feel Clydebank’s regeneration needs these small independent projects to help it thrive and move onward and upward.”