SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has emphasised the strong economic record of the SNP Government, and highlighted the real opportunities for Inverclyde as a result of a sustained period of economic growth.
Speaking in Parliament on the Scottish Government Debate on Progress in the Scottish Economy, the MSP says the SNP Government will seek to make Scotland the best place in the UK to do business, highlighted the opportunities in shipbuilding and marine tourism and the new £40million fund to provide investment to small businesses in Scotland.
Mr McMillan said,
“A more inclusive economy is critical to boosting productivity. It underpins all our actions and activities, such as the Living Wage and addressing the educational attainment gap.
“The austerity policies of UK Governments caused the recession to be longer and deeper than necessary. As a result, many individuals and companies in Scotland have suffered greater hardship than they should.
“We want Scotland to be the most competitive place to do business and to invest in the UK
“To ensure this, we will expand the availability of business finance through the introduction of a new £40 million fund to provide investment to SMEs. I would hope that Inverclyde based businesses involved in marine tourism consider this fund as an opportunity to help them grow their business and employ more people.”
Mr McMillan continued,
“Given Inverclyde’s historic and continuing strengths in marine industries, then shipbuilding presents job opportunities for the area.
“With the announcement last week that Ferguson Marine is the preferred bidder for the 2 new CMAL ferries, then Inverclyde’s economy provides a huge opportunity for local people to become employed at the yard.
“The re-industrialisation of Inverclyde is now in the process of being delivered. I would urge anyone who wants to be involved in engineering and shipbuilding to consider the industry as a career with a future.”