>> 7 November 2012
Figures released today show the number of businesses in Scotland is at its highest level since 2000 - with a 10 per cent increase in companies on the previous year.
Commenting SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire West Dennis Robertson, who is the deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, said:
"So these figures showing the number of Scottish businesses at its highest level in over a decade are extremely positive.
"The SNP is committed to encouraging growth in Scotland, which is why we pledged to maintain the Small Business Bonus Scheme for the life of this parliament.
"The substantial savings that small and medium businesses are making on their rates bills can help give them the competitive edge that is so important in the current economic climate.
"Although these are good statistics there is always more that can be done to boost our economy.
"Scotland already controls business rates and we have the most competitive rates in the UK.
"When you look at what we have achieved with control of this tax, imagine what we could with access to the full economic levers of an independent country.
"We would design a system tailored to Scotland's needs and Scotland's interests to help our businesses truly prosper."