Election Manifestos in Scotland in 2021 – How Does It Get Small Businesses?

Here are small business pledges from political parties in Scotland ahead of the elections

We have the 2021 elections in Scotland on May 6th.

To help you decide who to vote for, we’ve rounded up all of the Scottish Political Party’s commitments aimed at small businesses.


  • Continue the Small Business Bonus, which more than 100,000 companies benefit from. Invest £ 100m to help SMBs acquire the right digital skills and devices
  • Keep the Business Growth Accelerator, which removes interest payable for the first 12 months after occupying previously vacant properties.
  • Set up a new £ 10 million fund so businesses can control and explore the four day work week. Use this insight to consider introducing a four-day work week when Scotland has full control over employment rights. Identify additional employment rights and assess the economic impact of converting to a four-day work week
  • Set up a dedicated business center for women to provide financial support, advice and training to women who want to start or grow their business. This will be supported by GBP 50 million during the Parliament
  • Creation of a new fund for rural entrepreneurs valued at £ 20 million – this will provide grants of up to £ 10,000 to support the creation of 2,000 new businesses
  • Implemented the recommendations of the Logan Review to make our technology sector world-class, including the proposed creation of a national network of world-class entities – backed by £ 30 million – to develop new technology start-ups to become businesses with Economies of scale can grow High quality, well paid jobs. Tech-Scaler hubs are being set up in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. We will also ensure that the business education offered in these hubs is virtually accessible to ensure access for businesses in rural areas
  • Find out about the introduction of a new national digital sales tax to improve the playing field between online and digital and use the resulting revenue to breathe new life into our cities
  • Publish a retail strategy to help the Scottish sector change, innovate and thrive and become a role model for inclusive growth, support a resilient local supply chain, and provide people and communities with the goods, experiences and services they need want. We will build on the recent Scotland Loves Local campaign that encouraged people to think local first by piloting local loyalty programs alongside a Scotland Loves Local national loyalty program. The launch of a new £ 10m fund from Scotland Loves Local will help revitalize the main roads hit by the pandemic


  • Full fiber broadband for every company and every household by 2027
  • Introduction of a national standard of ten working days for all grant applications to be processed with support for councils that are lagging behind. Simplify the interface for businesses to access government support for both Covid and non-Covid-related funding. Make sure businesses that are likely to be closed the longest, like nightclubs, continue to receive regular payments
  • Delay the introduction of new non-Covid-related regulations for businesses by April 2023. Introduce a minimum one-week adjustment period between the announcement and the introduction of new restrictions, if they are necessary for a future local or national outbreak
  • Try to give businesses at least 25 percent interest relief in 2022-23
  • Keep the pound rate freeze until revaluation in 2023
  • Keep the Small Business Bonus Program and introduce a tapered interest relief scheme for companies with a prorated £ 15,000 and £ 20,000 prorated
  • Before the end of Parliament, do a full review of the business council system. This work would be informed by the ongoing review in England
  • We deliver growth and create jobs in all parts of our country. We would propose a company law to set up an economic development agency in each region of Scotland
  • Expand the GlobalScot network to enhance Scotland’s international presence and export
  • Refuse travel tax


Instead of a traditional manifesto, Labor has published a “National Recovery Plan”.

  • Additional funding to start Kickstart by providing an additional six-month wage subsidy that encourages companies to employ young people who are receiving unemployment benefit or benefit. In return for the wage subsidy, employers would have to guarantee permanent employment at the end of the system
  • Revitalize apprenticeships across Scotland with 5,000 new places in the next fiscal year, with subsidized wages to raise wages for everyone and work with local authorities to set up local Share an Apprentice programs
  • Restructure and expand the Scottish National Investment Bank to provide seed capital for new ideas, invest in “capital for good” projects, and help companies transition to a greener and more digital future while creating jobs and our principles of good work get supported
  • Bring customers back to our city center with a £ 75 prepaid card for any adult in Scotland to spend in non-food retail outlets
  • The Scottish Government has funded holiday accommodation subsidies across Scotland, with every third night of accommodation free of charge between September and November 2021, outside of peak hours, for any tourist traveling within or to Scotland
  • Deliver a high street bailout plan with reduced business rates for non-grocery stores. Set up a task force to take a full look at how business rates need to change to ensure that the digital economy makes a fair contribution to local services
  • Assisted the establishment of a Business Restart Fund to continue to support companies in financial difficulties due to restrictions. Support companies in transitioning to new markets or online by setting up a Business Transition Fund
  • Prioritize local sourcing by taking a “local first” approach to all sourcing. Encourage local authorities to do the same to ensure local businesses have the best opportunity to bid for local contracts
  • Work with local authorities to promote alternative business models such as cooperatives, social enterprises and in-house care

Liberal Democrats

  • 2,000 paid internships with small companies
  • Encourage corporate bodies to evaluate and support more small and micro businesses, considering the impact on the local community, and support them beyond the start-up phase, including expansion, collaboration and diversification
  • Revised public sector procurement guidelines to ensure they support local suppliers, small bidders and fair employment practices, and to take into account the level of state aid for non-Scottish bids
  • Make sure the Scottish National Investment Bank’s mission is ambitious and diverse. It should maintain early-stage venture capital provision and act as a guarantor of low-income, rural, under-bank business opportunities in collaboration with corporate agencies to ensure full support
  • Offer free transition assistance and expert advice to companies on low carbon products to minimize the impact of their work on the environment
  • Encourage colleges to become rural business centers, meet local skill needs and support innovative new businesses
  • Launch of high speed broadband network to support business growth, education and public services in rural areas
  • Support the goal of doubling Scottish food and beverage sales to £ 30 billion by 2030


  • Set up a Good Business Council to advise the Scottish Government on achieving green economic recovery
  • Use existing rural development programs to support the development of businesses related to forestry
  • It will enshrine food law in Scotland, oblige the Scottish government to present a statutory national food plan, and reform public procurement law to oblige public kitchens to source food from smaller local businesses and organic producers
  • Increased direct support to horticultural and horticultural businesses, including community and social enterprises
  • Make all public support to fishing operations, including licenses and quotas, conditional on environmentally and socially responsible operations
  • End government support to companies involved in the nuclear weapons supply chain
  • Changing the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Sourcing Strategy to give artists, creative professionals and micro-businesses equal access to sourcing opportunities
  • Develop a match funding program to help small businesses and charities advertise on their local media

Reform UK Scotland (formerly The Brexit Party)

  • The party would also abolish business tariffs for small and medium-sized businesses and introduce internet sales tax
  • Help local businesses open on main streets so they can settle down
  • Exempt 1.2 million small businesses and self-employed people from paying corporate taxes

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