Supporting local businesses

Over the last 9 years, I have spoken to hundreds of local businesses in the Borders. I recognise that small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our local economy but we need to work harder to promote what the Borders has to offer.

Making Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK and the added uncertainty of a second independence referendum is harming local businesses. Business confidence, economic growth and employment in Scotland are all worse than the rest of the UK because of the SNP's economic mismanagement. Entrepreneur looking to set up a business in the area are increasingly going to look at south of the Border, where taxes are lower and infrastructure investment is happening at a faster rate. 

I also support businesses affected by the recent flooding and will continue to press for the Scottish Government to fully fund a flood prevention scheme for Hawick as quickly as possible, as well as set up an Enterprise Zone for the town.

News

Borderlands funding announced in Spring Statement

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP is expected to announce the UK Government will be contributing £260m to the Borderlands Growth Deal.

The UK Government has been supporting Growth Deals across the UK since 2014. To date, this has included more than £1.3bn of investment in Scotland.

Borders MP pledges to take back control of waters

The Scottish Fishermens’ Federation is calling on politicians from all parties in Scotland to sign a new pledge supporting the industry’s demand that full control of UK waters be taken back from the EU.