Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for South of Scotland, has taken part in a special discussion meeting with Enterprise Minister Jim Mather designed to boost small businesses through the Scottish Government’s Business Gateway service. Aileen was invited to the meeting after raising in parliament difficulties small businesses may face following the reduction of opening hours of Abington Royal Bank

of Scotland.

The meeting, which took place in Glasgow, brought together representatives from Government, local authorities, trade bodies and others to discuss how the Business Gateway can help new and existing businesses reach their full potential. The service is a first point of enquiry for anyone interested in starting up their own business or growing their existing companies.

During the meeting Aileen emphasised the need for tailored support in rural areas, and the importance of rural businesses in Clydesdale and across the South of Scotland having access to services, like banking, which urban areas can take for granted.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"Even in these difficult economic times, I am regularly approached by constituents who have new ideas for business opportunities or are looking for advice about growing their existing companies.

"The Scottish Government’s Business Gateway service plays a key role in helping businesses, and it’s important that anyone who is interested in using this service knows it is available.

"I was pleased to be invited to this meeting and to have the opportunity to raise some of the concerns and challenges facing businesses in rural areas with the Minister. Anyone who would like to find out more about Business Gateway can contact my office or the service directly on 0845 609 6611."



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