Organisations and Policymakers Discuss Business Rates and Support
Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith has thanked representatives from local industry bodies, government and businesses for attending a virtual roundtable, called to discuss how best to support Stirling’s retail and hospitality sector and ensure the Business Rates system remains fit for purpose.
Attendees included Scottish Government Minister Tom Arthur MSP, representatives from Stirling Council, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Go Forth Stirling business improvement district, Greene King Brewery, Callander Enterprise, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, and the Thistles Shopping Centre.
The roundtable provided local Stirling business stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss holistic government support from both Stirling Council and the Scottish Government, and explore how the Business Rates system influenced consumer and business behaviour – particularly during these strained economic times.
Alyn Smith MP expressed his satisfaction in facilitating this crucial dialogue, stating:
‘I’m very glad to have brought together such a diverse and influential group of participants to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by retail and hospitality businesses in Stirling. This meeting allowed us to delve into the intricacies of the issues at hand and provided a platform for collaborative problem-solving.”
‘I’m grateful to Tom for his insight into the ongoing consultative process the Scottish Government is undertaking with respect to Business Rates, and trust the contributions of participants will help inform future progress in this sphere. Stirling has much going for us, and we should make sure all parts of government are joined up and collaborating with important business stakeholders across the community.’