Brexit no barrier to rural business enhancing Scotland’s economic activity

Brexit no barrier to rural business enhancing Scotland’s economic activity

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New jobs are ready to be created by farms and estates if politicians deliver a Brexit deal which serves Scottish agriculture and rural business well. That was the message from Scottish Land & Estates chairman David Johnstone as he addressed attendees at the Royal Highland Show today. 

Mr Johnstone said that SLE’s Helping it Happen initiative demonstrated exactly why small businesses in particular had a vital role to play in increasing opportunities in rural areas - and that Brexit should not be seen as an unmovable hurdle in achieving increased growth. 

Small businesses in remote rural Scotland provide 68% of private sector employment, with that figure standing at 54% for more accessible rural areas. By comparison, only 32% of private sector employees in the rest of Scotland are employed by small businesses. 

Scottish Land & Estates added that despite the political turbulence, rural businesses had to continue to demonstrate to the public and government what they are delivering for Scotland – and bang the drum for policies that deliver for companies and workers based in these regions.