Friday, 15 January 2010

Much needed small biz help - only in Scotland!

LINKtogether seeks to help small businesses to start
up with our Flexible Office Space and 'START UP'
Help scheme-- and what better way to do this than
remove business rates or reduce them.
It is BRILLIANT to see that in April this year th
Scottish Government with it's Small business bonus
scheme has done this very thing! LINK has
excerpted below from

The Scottish Government's small business bonus
'From April 1, 2009 many small businesses will pay no rates.

From April 1, 2009 tens of thousands of small businesses will pay no rates at all under the
Scottish Government's small business bonus scheme.
You could save up to almost £4,000 a year, depending on your rateable value. An eligible
business property will save on average £1400 in 2009-10.
What's the catch? There isn't one! The Scottish Government wants to help genuinely small
businesses, particularly in the current economic climate.
Who qualifies? You may qualify if you pay non-domestic rates for properties with a combined
rateable value of £15,000 or less.
The savings band for eligible BUSINESS properties rates are - % relief available
Up to £8,000 -100% £8,001 to £10,000 ---50% £10,001 to £15,000 25%

The aim of this scheme is that small Scottish businesses
may survive in these difficult times. There will be obvious
advantages to local communities in the jobs provided
and experience made available, especially for young
people. To work in a corner shop is a starting point for a youngster,
they can meet and deal with people, handle money and stock
shelves. Here is an opportunity not to be removed. It seems
strange that the Scots , apparently not noted for financial generosity,
can see into the future and help their society in this way.
Strangely our English government has not noticed this brilliant move; is Scotland so far away from England? Perhaps we can circulate this information and help them to notice what's happened. I think once this small business bonus scheme and it's advantages are made clear a similar action will be quickly taken by Westminster.
Sadly our government simply plans to set 2010 business rates based on values
obtained in 2008, so increases are very likely. As if the credit sqeeze had no effect
and jobs problems for youngsters and small businesses did not exist. Pay up or go
down seems to be the view taken. Can we ask them A.S.A.P. to look at this?