Business survival ‘must be top of budget agenda’

The number of businesses showing signs of financial distress is continuing to rise.

Business leaders are urging the Scottish Government to put the survival and recovery of companies at the top of their agenda for next week’s budget.

Figures show the number of businesses showing signs of early financial distress continue to rise sharply.

Meanwhile, those excluded from help are stepping up demands for the UK Chancellor to step in.

There has been additional support for different sectors – on Thursday the Scottish Government made £1m available to help childminders.

But those affected say promised grants are taking too long to come through and some who have received help said it does not go far enough.