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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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SNP CANDIDATE HAILS SUCCESS OF COLVILLE CLUB SHORTLISTED FOR TOP AWARD

MARION FELLOWS PLEDGES TO CONTINUE FIGHT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

Marion Fellows, the SNP candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw, visited the local Colville Park Golf and Country Club to congratulate them on reaching the finals of the Club Mirror Awards and has pledged to continue fighting on for small businesses if re-elected.

The Colville Club has been nominated for the Best Golf Club and Best Country Club within their category.

General Manager, Carol Cairns, and chef, Skye, will both be heading to Doncaster Racecourse on 28 November for the announcement.

Mrs Fellows met with kitchen staff, Club regulars and Golf Professional and Club Secretary, Sam Cairns, to hear about the Club’s sporting achievements and events in the months ahead.

Mrs Fellows is the SNP’s spokesperson on Small Business and has pledged to fight on for small businesses and community groups if re-elected on 12 December.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“It’s local, small businesses like the Colville Club which are the backbone of our economy and the lifeblood of our communities providing jobs and purpose to people. The Colville is a perfect example of what businesses and people in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency have to offer and they deserve our congratulations.

“If re-elected, I want to continue to fight for small businesses. I want to ensure we remain in the EU single market so goods and services are affordable, ensure businesses get the support to train staff and grow, and to implement legislation to ensure they aren’t hindered by late payments from larger businesses.

“All members and staff who work at the Colville Park Golf and Country Club deserve our recognition for their contributions which have made the Club so popular. The staff who cook the meals, pull the pints, and maintain the grounds; and the members who have built a community and promoted sports to local people have made the Club a local favourite.”

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MARION READY TO HIT CAMPAIGN TRAIL

JOBS, PUBLIC SERVICES AND SCOTLAND’S WILL KEY PRIORITIES

The SNP’s candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows, has said she is ready to fight the December General Election and will put jobs, public services and Scotland’s sovereignty first.

Elected as the Member of Parliament in 2015, Mrs Fellows acts as the SNP’s Small Business spokesperson at Westminster and has fought against Tory austerity policies such unfair disability assessments, unpaid child maintenance, low pay and precarious work, and the managed decline of the public Post Office network locally and nationally.

Locally, Marion has fought to protect libraries and bin collections from the Labour-Tory Council Coalition cuts, the Autism One-Stop Shop, Overtown village status; and called for action by the council on rat infestations, improvements to the railway bridge in Cleland and the Shieldmuir station park and ride, and litter and chip vans.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“I am ready to fight this election for communities in Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill. A vote for the SNP is a vote to protect Scotland’s jobs, public services and the democratic will of the Scottish people. I will fight Scotland’s corner against any UK Government and protect our right to decide our EU membership with a peoples’ vote. Scotland must have the right to choose its own future.

“If Labour aren’t fighting each other, they’re cosying up to the Tories by voting for Johnson’s damaging Brexit deal or being in coalition with them in North Lanarkshire Council. Labour are all over the place. But the SNP are clear: we want to stop the Tories and protect Scotland’s sovereignty.

“I am fighting for the disabled denied Personal Independence Payments; families pushed into poverty by Universal Credit; workers earning poverty wages on zero-hours contracts; the small businesses put to the bottom of the pile; the WASPI women denied their pensions; the children living in poverty who have been denied the support to secure them a promising future.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working for and representing communities over the past four years. I want to keep fighting for them.”

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LOAN CHARGE SUPPORT

For the people in Motherwell & Wishaw that are affected by the Loan Charge, I have co-signed a letter to the Chancellor to call for a suspension while an independent review is carried out, and I have joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on this issue.

If tax is owed, it must be paid. But the aggression with which people – often small business owners – are being pursued has been horrifying to hear and in some cases has led to tragic consequences.

Ordinary, hardworking people just want to do their best for their families and communities. It’s the billionaires and corporations who suck billions out of our economy and public services who should be pursued vigorously for tax avoidance.

I hope that the independent review leads to a more sensible and manageable form of collection for those affected and I want to make sure it does.

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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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BUSINESS SUPPORT IN LANARKSHIRE

Business Gateway is hosting a range of events across Lanarkshire to support your business. Make sure to sign up to get access to the support to grow your business and the local economy here in Lanarkshire.

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LANARKSHIRE BUSINESS CONFERENCE

This morning I attended the Lanarkshire Business Conference at the new UWS campus in Blantyre to hear from small businesses and stakeholders who provide support.

It was great to hear that despite the downturn of Brexit, Scotland is bucking the trend with employment and growth increasing. Businesses in Scotland are working harder to counter the effects of the Tories’ disastrous Brexit plans.

There is a lot of support out there for SMEs. I spoke with LendingCrowd who have been given funding by the Scottish Investment Bank to lend to SMEs. And also to SDP Scotland – based in Lanarkshire – who provide support to SMEs on bidding for public procurement contracts.

Lanarkshire is on the up and has become a place to live, work, and do business.

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“LOOK LOCALLY AND BE A GOOD CAUSE SANTA CLAUS” SAYS MP

CALL FOLLOWS ON FROM SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY CONSTITUENCY TOUR

Motherwell & Wishaw MP Marion Fellows and her staff are this Christmas buying their Secret Santa gifts from local small businesses and charity shops and encouraging others to ‘Look Locally’ and be a ‘Good Cause Santa Clause’.

The ‘Good Cause Santa Claus’ campaign is being promoted by the Charity Retail Association to raise much needed funds for charities in the run up to Christmas and encourages people to support businesses on their high street.

Likewise, shopping at local small businesses can support and grow the local economy for the benefit of local communities.

Mrs Fellows visited a number of small businesses around the constituency for Small Business Saturday last week (1 December), including the CentrePoint Christmas Fayre and Paterson’s Engraving in Gowkthrapple and Lanarkshire institution, Denholm’s Bakers in Motherwell.

Commenting, Marion Fellows said:

Whether it’s a big gift, a stocking filler or a Secret Santa for your office, Motherwell and Wishaw has a number of great places to look. This Christmas, people should ‘Look Locally’ and be a ‘Good Cause Santa Claus’.

Last Saturday, I celebrated Small Business Saturday by visiting a number of local businesses to see the work they do.

Looking to local independent and small businesses, people can find a Christmas present for a loved one and support the local economy and local jobs in the process.

With Christmas being a time of compassion, charity shops are a great place to find different types of gifts which can contribute towards a worthwhile cause and will also be within your Secret Santa limit.

Shopping locally is also a great way to support your high street and communities.

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Small Business Saturday!

It’s been a fabulous day out and about in the community!

It started with a surgery in Wishaw Library then on to Tesco, Wishaw to support the Food Bank Collection! Thanks to Laura and her team for the work they do supporting local communities all year round.

I popped into Gowkthrapple to the CentrePoint Christmas Fayre before heading to meet Kirsty Paterson of Paterson’s Engraving to celebrate Small Business Saturday!

I managed to catch the Wishaw Christmas Light Switch on and the fabulous dancing from the Melanie McCready School of Dance.
Thanks to Town Centre Activities for their hard work and Avenue Cafe for the free kids hot chocolates!

I finally made it back to CentrePoint to meet Santa’s little helpers setting up for tomorrow’s Toy Giveaway! Wow! Martine Nolan and her team are amazing!

I am proud to represent a Constituency with such resilience and community spirit!