MIA partners with the SRC to lobby Scottish Government – widespread coverage in the Scottish media

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The MIA has joined with twelve other leading business representative groups and industry bodies in writing to the Scottish Finance Secretary asking her to introduce a business rates discount for all retail premises for the coming financial year.

The retail industry in Scotland employs 230,000 people and traditionally accounts for over a fifth of business rates. The thirteen organisations represent retailers, trade unions and others with a stake in the vitality of Scottish high streets and retail destinations. 

The collective call comes ahead of the unveiling of the Scottish Government’s Budget on 9 December, which is expected to set the business rate and associated reliefs for the 2022-23 financial year. 

UPDATE: Our joint letter has received widespread coverage in the Scottish media today, with the MIA being named checked. Coverage includes second lead story on BBC News Online (click here), STV News online (click hereplus Scottish Daily Mail, The Herald (p2), The Scotsman, The Courier, The Sun, The Times, and more.

The joint letter was submitted to Kate Forbes MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance & the Economy, earlier this week. The text of the letter was:

Letter to the Scottish Finance Secretary