Small businesses across Falkirk District have benefitted from over £19m of rates relief since the SNP launched its flagship Small Business Bonus Scheme in April 2008.
The figures revealed by Falkirk Council show that 2012/13 will be a record-breaking year for the SBBS, with over 1800 small businesses across the local authority benefitting from over £3m in rates relief.
Falkirk East MSP and member of Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Angus MacDonald said:
"These figures show how much of a difference the SNP Government has made to 1841 local businesses and over 80,000 small businesses across Scotland in difficult financial times.
"Anyone speaking to small businesses will know what a fragile environment they operate in. A Federation of Small Business survey from 2009 - conducted during the teeth of the recession - suggested that the SBBS was helping one in eight recipients stay solvent.
"Just this week we have seen that the UK has technically re-entered recession - although we don't know yet whether this is the case in Scotland, there is no doubt that we still must do all we can to support local economies across Scotland.
"That's why I'm delighted that if the SNP win the Falkirk Council Elections on Thursday 3rd of May they have pledged to work with the Scottish Government to protect the Small Business Bonus for the lifetime of this Parliament."