On Wednesday 8 May, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Spring Reception at Holyrood celebrating the positive economic impact of migration to Scotland.
The event focused on about FSB’s new research into migrant entrepreneurship and celebrated the contribution of business people not born in Scotland to our local economies and communities.
Over 100 guests attended, including small business owners from across the country, and several MSPs came along to show their support and appreciation of the hard work, dedication and entrepreneurship of migrants who have established their lives and livelihoods in Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, addressed the event.
Speaking after the event, Mr McMillan said:
“It was a pleasure to host FSB’s 2019 Spring Reception in the Scottish Parliament, especially off the back of their recent report highlighting the wonderful contribution migrants make to Scotland’s business landscape and economy.
“Public debate in recent years regarding immigration issues has typically furthered negative messages about migrants – neglecting the social, cultural and economic benefits to Scotland and the UK of migrant entrepreneurship.
“Immigrant-led SMEs are estimated to have generated £13 billion for the Scottish economy and support 107,000 jobs across the country in 2017. That cannot be ignored and should be championed at a time when Brexit threatens to limit the ability of migrants to choose Scotland as their home and place of work.”
FSB’s Scotland Policy Chair, Andrew McRae, said:
“We’re grateful to Stuart for hosting our 2019 reception at Parliament, and appreciate the support of all the guests and MSPs who took the time to attend.
“There are over 340,000 smaller businesses in Scotland, providing 1.2 million jobs and two fifths of private sector turnover nationally. It’s important to recognise the invaluable contribution made by Scottish small businesses. With one in 10 SMEs in Scotland being immigrant-led, it’s crucial that we celebrate the positive contribution of migrant entrepreneurship in Scotland.”