UKHospitality has welcomed the decision by Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote against scrapping the Uniform Business rate in Scotland.
UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod welcomed the decision, commenting: “This decision is a sensible and pragmatic one. Scrapping the uniform business rate would likely have been hugely detrimental to businesses in Scotland.
“It is likely that business rates bills for businesses large and small would have skyrocketed, with the result that already-squeezed businesses may have failed altogether. The lack of a uniform rate would have caused financial and administrative headaches for rates payers and would have further complicated the application of Scotland-wide reliefs.
“Problems with spiralling rates, especially in the hospitality and licensed sectors, still need to be addressed in Scotland, but for now further adversity and needless complication has been avoided. We are very pleased that MSPs have seen sense, listened to our concerns which are shared with others, notably the Scottish Retail Consortium, and avoided putting further pressure on Scottish businesses.”