A local MSP has welcomed a £500m business fund unveiled by Nicola Sturgeon in this week’s Programme for Government.
Joan McAlpine, who convenes the Scottish Parliament’s Europe Committee said that a renewed focus on bolstering the economy was needed to combat the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
The fund will offer individual investment guarantees, and some loans, of up to £5m to small and medium sized firms who would otherwise be unable to grow because of a lack of investment finance
The First Minister announced a raft of other measures to bolster the economy - including a £100m capital stimulus programme.
As well as the economy, making our education system the best in the world will be another key focus of the SNP government - with pilot schemes to reduce childcare costs for low income families and empowering schools to raise attainment among the initiatives outlined this week.
Commenting, the South Scotland MSP said:
"The opposition parties have been complaining that the SNP are focussing on independence, but I think it is they who seem obsessed.
"This programme for government proves beyond doubt that we are 'getting on with the job.'
"The SNP is focused on creating a more prosperous country with opportunities for all - and also mindful of the need to alleviate the uncertainty caused by the disastrous Brexit vote caused by the Tories.
"Education and the economy are the backbone of the country - I'm sure we can all agree on that.
"The measures outlined in this week's Programme for Government are to be welcomed."