The pandemic has been a horrible situation in so many different ways, including for business and the economy.

As we start to ease out lockdown and the Government manages that process, more and more businesses are looking to get back up and running. One way that the Scottish Government could help small businesses is to look at their procurement systems and see if immediate changes could be made to support more local businesses.

Many Government contracts have been awarded to large multi-nationals, with smaller indigenous Scottish businesses excluded. Now would be a good time to look for ways to award more work to local business to support them which would in turn lead to more job creation and improvements to the local and national economies.