Kenneth Gibson has welcomed news that more than one in ten workers in Scotland are self-employed, according to a new economic survey by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which says almost 300,000 Scots have set up on their own in business.
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Scottish economy. All big businesses were small once; all provide employment and many have the potential for growth. That is why the SNP Government is providing more than half a billion pounds of support to small businesses each year.
"Running a business is not easy and not all make it. Those which do hold the key to Scotland's future prosperity."