Scottish Master Bakers wary of SNP rates pledge

first_imgThe Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) said it was cautious of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) pledge last week to abolish business rates for 120,000 small firms across Scotland.The plans are part of the SNP’s £150 million small business bonus scheme. SNP leader Alex Salmond told British Baker: “The SNP want to see our high streets flourishing once again. There are too many boarded-up shops and businesses in our towns and villages.”An SNP government would grant rates relief of 50% to businesses with a rateable value of £8,000-£10,000 a year, he pledged. Those with a value of between £10,000 and £15,000 would get 25% off.Salmond said: “An SNP Government will free up Scotland’s small businesses from the burden of business rates so they can grow and provide more and better paid jobs in local communities.”The Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) said that it welcomed business-friendly policies. Chief executive Kirk Hunter added: “Things have to be paid for in Scotland just like anywhere else. If a cost is reduced from one area, it is important that it is not lumped somewhere else.”For many years, businesses in Scotland have been paying higher business rates than their counterparts in the UK, added Hunter.”We are pleased that most parties, not just the SNP, are putting the Scottish economy high up on their agenda.”The SNP announcement comes as part of their manifesto for the Scottish elections on 3 May.last_img read more

Drive for Monster Munch

first_imgWalkers has launched a new promotion to highlight the success of its Monster Munch relaunch. It will be running a retro T-shirts promotion across its Mega Monster Munch range, enabling customers to get their hands on Monster Munch character T-shirts.Consumers need to collect three bags of the crisps and send the empty packs in, along with a cheque for £5.Since its September 2008 relaunch, the corn snacks brand has grown by 25% to £36m.Kirk Tanner, Walkers VP impulse sales, said: “Monster Munch has always been a favourite in impulse and the relaunch has been an amazing success. We’ve seen significant growth particularly on Monster Munch Roast Beef and the 40g is now the second-biggest seller in impulse.”last_img read more