Applications open for £100m fund supporting SMEs and newly self-employed people

Today (30 April 2020), applications opened for the Scottish Government’s £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people. This funding will be delivered through three separate funds that will be administered by local authorities and Scotland’s enterprise agencies. Support includes a £34 million hardship fund for […]

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Inverclyde Businesses get £5.4m cash support through crisis

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed new figures showing that 481 businesses in Inverclyde have received Scottish Government grants to support firms through the coronavirus crisis. Inverclyde Council has awarded a total of £5.4m through a Scottish Government scheme to support small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. This grant support is worth […]

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McMillan makes plea to non-essential businesses to close

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has called on businesses producing non-essential items or providing non-essential services to close – especially if they cannot enable their staff to work from home or abide by social distancing guidelines. The local MSP has received a high volume of correspondence from constituents who feel like their role […]

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Local MSP backs plans to grow Inverclyde economy

STRONG START FOR SCOTTISH NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has said that SNP Budget plans to ensure a strong start for the Scottish National Investment Bank, and its mission to drive the transition to a net zero economy, will encourage economic growth across Inverclyde. The 2020/21 Budget, set out by […]

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SNP MSP backs proposals for new ‘Scottish Visa’

TORY IMMIGRATION PLANS WILL HARM BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC SERVICES IN INVERCLYDE SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has backed proposals for a new Scottish Visa to address depopulation and cut skills gaps in Inverclyde set to be made worse by Brexit. Under plans announced by the First Minister, migrants who want to live in Scotland could choose […]

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McMillan welcomes improvements following Transport Scotland drive-around

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed several improvements that have taken place in Inverclyde following his drive-around with Transport Scotland in September 2019, which highlighted numerous issues transport issues locally. The local SNP MSP hosted senior officials from Transport Scotland and Scotland Transerv for a tour around Inverclyde highlighting a variety of issues regarding the local […]

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Local MSP makes case for major transport project in Inverclyde

Stuart McMillan MSP has put forward his reasons to Transport Scotland why Inverclyde needs a major transport project to support economic growth and reverse the population decline locally. The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP participated in the Strategic Transport Project Review 2 (STPR2) online consultation and provided a written response to Transport Scotland’s Chief Executive, Roy […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP urges local employers to use charity’s toolkit to improve recruitment and support for deaf staff

Stuart McMillan MSP is urging local employers to use a charity’s toolkit, which has been produced to help organisations break down barriers facing jobseekers or employees who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde is backing Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Working for Change campaign influencing businesses to provide […]

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One in five locally worse off due to Brexit

Brexit will negatively affect almost one in five people in Inverclyde, with 18% of locals deemed to be in vulnerable communities, new analysis from the Scottish Government has found. Published last week, ‘The Local Level Brexit Vulnerabilities in Scotland Report’ found that urban areas, especially those in Inverclyde, have significant populations at risk from the […]

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Scottish Government in process of purchasing Ferguson Marine

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has today welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is now in final discussions to conclude the purchase of Ferguson Marine shipyard. Commenting on the announcement, Stuart said: “This is fantastic news for the local area, the workforce and the communities that will benefit from these two new ferries. […]

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McMillan hosts transport officials for drive-around Inverclyde

On Friday 20 September, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted senior officials from Transport Scotland and Scotland Transerv for a tour around Inverclyde to highlight a variety of issues regarding the local trunk roads. Ian Moffat, Managing Director of ARC Fleet Services, attended on behalf of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce at the invite […]

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Employment in Scotland rises to record high

CONTINUED GROWTH IN SCOTLAND DESPITE WESTMINSTER SHAMBLES SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has praised new figures showing that Scotland’s employment rate has risen to 75.9% – the highest on record. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that Scotland’s employment rate rose to 75.9% for February to April 2019 and the unemployment rate fell […]

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McMillan demands urgent action to fix Newark Roundabout

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has today demanded urgent action from Transport Scotland to fix the abysmal road surface at Newark roundabout. The local SNP MSP has twice contacted Transport Scotland asking for the road to be repaired, but has been told that this will not happen until October as the defect is not […]

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McMillan hosts FSB Spring Reception highlighting migrant contribution to Scotland’s economy

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 […]

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Local MSP hosts event to get Inverclyde’s creative juices flowing

On Wednesday 10 April, Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed Creative Scotland to the Tontine Hotel for an event bringing together local stakeholders from the creative sector. Creative Scotland’s Executive Director, Screen Isabel Davis, and Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer, Karen Dick, gave a presentation before taking questions from the audience, which consisted of over 40 local […]

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