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NEW SUPPORT FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

This is a difficult time for businesses and their staff. I want to reach out directly to local businesses to offer my support and keep you as up to date as possible with the support being provided at a local and national level. Please email me at marion.fellows.mp@parliament.uk.

Businesses are being asked to call the Scottish Government’s hotline on 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. I know that some people are struggling to get through. The service is understandably experiencing high demand. I urge businesses to be persistent. The support being provided is unprecedented and it will take a wee while to get the services fully up and running.

The Scottish Government have announced a £2.2bn package of support to help sustain businesses and, crucially, help them pay staff and treat staff fairly:

• 100% Non-Domestic Rates relief for all retail, hospitality and leisure sectors;

• 1.6% Non-Domestic Rates relief for all properties across Scotland;

• All small businesses that receive the small business bonus scheme or rural relief will be eligible for a £10,000 grant;

• £25,000 grants to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors for those with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000;

• On top of that, the Scottish Government have taken steps to effectively halt the inflationary increase in business rates that was due in April.

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CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS

The Scottish Government has announced a £320m package of support for businesses, that includes:

– 75% business rates relief at smaller retail, hospitality and leisure properties.

– Relief that will effectively reverse the inflationary increase in business rates due in April.

– £80 million to support small business sectors with grants of at least £3,000 – further details on this will be announced soon.

– Established an advice hotline for businesses 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.

The situation is closely being monitored by the Scottish and UK Governments and advice and any new support will be announced daily as the situation changes.

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ELECTED AS VICE CHAIR OF POST OFFICES APPG

I’m extremely proud to announce that I have been elected as a Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Post Offices.

Post Offices are a vital public service which deserves investment and respect – not managed decline as we are seeing from the UK Government.

I have fought for communities and staff since elected and I am proud that sustained pressure has forced the UK Government to commit to millions of pounds more funding, but so much more must be done to ensure Post Offices remain at the forefront of our high streets and communities.

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JOBS FAYRE “A GREAT SUCCESS”

PARLIAMENTARIANS’ BRING OPPORTUNITIES TO MOTHERWELL, WISHAW AND BELLSHILL

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and MSP, Clare Adamson, have hailed their Jobs Fayre held on Friday (04/10/2019) as a great success.

Hundreds of people attended at the South Dalziel Historic Building over the course of the afternoon to seek new opportunities and gain support into work.

Several employers were in attendance including the Scottish Government’s new agency, Social Security Scotland, which is seeking hundreds of new staff for its new base in Glasgow.

Officers from the Lanarkshire Division of Police Scotland were also there as well as Network Rail and New College Lanarkshire.

Bodies to help people into work were also there to provide support for people returning to work after a break or looking for new opportunities, including Routes to Work and Dress for Success.

Clare Adamson MSP and her Office Manager

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“The Jobs Fayre exceeded our expectations. People in Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill are ready and willing to work. I hope the event has helped people find new opportunities.

“I want to provide my thanks to all employers and prospective employees for attending. I’m glad to hear from so many that the event was worthwhile.”

Ms. Adamson said:

“The success of this event is only down to partnership working by those willing to come along and support Mrs Fellows and myself in improving employability in the area. I was delighted that local colleges were in attendance to promote modern apprentice.”

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BREXIT THREATENING LOCAL PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

SURVEY SHOWS PUBLICANS’ BREXIT FEARS AS MP OFFERS SUPPORT

A recent study from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association has found that more than a quarter of pub owners in Scotland believe Brexit is having a negative impact on business.

The survey of 500 licensed premises across the country, including large chains as well as independent operators, found around 28% think the uncertainty around the UK’s departure from the EU has negatively impacted them.

This is a rise on the 17% of premises that highlighted concerns over Brexit in a December study ahead of the UK’s original departure date of March 29.

In response to the survey, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has written to local publicans and restaurant owners to warn against the impact of Brexit on business and high streets and called for owners to come forward to share their views.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Brexit is having a far reaching and detrimental impact on our economy and communities. The uncertainty of Brexit and arrogant actions of Boris Johnson and his far-right gang are catastrophic for businesses and high streets.

“Brexit is forcing people to think about what they are spending with many worried about their jobs. This is impacting the local economy – particularly the hospitality sector. Potential trade tariffs will also be concerning businesses.

“Pubs and restaurants are often at the heart of communities and their place in them must be protected. That’s why I’m voting against a no deal Brexit and ensuring Scotland’s access to the tariff-free single market remains.”

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SNP PARLIAMENTARIANS TEAM UP TO BRING JOBS TO MOTHERWELL & WISHAW

MOTHERWELL & WISHAW MP AND MSP TO CO-HOST JOBS FAYRE

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and MSP, Clare Adamson, are co-hosting a Jobs Fayre from 10am to 1pm on Friday 4th October at the South Dalziel Historic Building in Motherwell.

The SNP Parliamentarians are bringing several local and national employers in a variety of fields to boost employment and opportunities for local people.

Employers include North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government’s new agency, Social Security Scotland, which is seeking hundreds of new staff for its new base in Glasgow.

Bodies to help people into work will also be in attendance to provide support for people returning to work after a break or looking for new opportunities, including Routes to Work and Dress for Success.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“A priority for the SNP at all levels is getting people into work and supporting our local economy. I’m confident the Fayre will provide an array of opportunities for people to get stuck into.

“People across the constituency have so much to offer. Our Jobs Fayre will be as great an advantage to employers as it will be to local people.

“I hope to see as many people there as possible. Let’s get North Lanarkshire working!”

Ms. Adamson said:

“I want to encourage all of my constituents who are out of work, or if you are thinking of a career change, to get along to the Jobs Fayre.

“This is an excellent chance to meet prospective employers and you never know where it might lead.  Hopefully, this event will facilitate new connections for residents as well as uncovering untapped talent for the organisations that attend. 

“It is a privilege for us to help our constituents in any way and I am confident the Fayre will be a tremendous success.”

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LOCAL JOBS FAYRE

Both Clare Adamson MSP – Motherwell & Wishaw and I are hosting a Jobs Fayre on 4 October.

Increasing employment and improving our local economy is one of my key priorities and I’m confident that with the talents of local people that many will be able to find new opportunities at the Fayre.

The event will be attended with local and national businesses and also organisations who can give you support in finding new work.

Click here to go to the facebook event.