A decade of UK Government support leads to more than 13,000 new businesses launched by jobseekers in Scotland.
New figures show between April 2011 and June 2020 more than 13,000 jobseekers in Scotland used support from their local Jobcentre and the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, to launch their own business.
In South Lanarkshire, the scheme has enabled 1,050 individuals to start-up businesses of their own.
Central Scotland MSP Graham Simpson said:
"It’s fantastic to see tens of thousands of people in Scotland have benefitted from the UK Government’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme since its launch.
"The UK Government are committed to backing jobseekers and in South Lanarkshire, this scheme has helped 1,050 individuals to start-up businesses of their own.
"Starting a business is potentially life-changing and small business owners are the backbone of our economy.
"Encouraging entrepreneurship, helping people back into employment and supporting businesses are key priorities for the UK Government and will help drive economic recovery as we build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.
"I look forward to seeing businesses, new and old in South Lanarkshire continue to receive support from community members as well as additional support from our governments.