Responding to the news that there were 8,830 fewer businesses (-2.5%) operating in Scotland in March 2018 compared to a year earlier, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commented:
"These figures show that there are thousands fewer businesses. We know Scottish growth has been marginal and this is being reflected in the falling numbers of businesses operating here.
"Businesses can only grow and flourish if they can find the right talent. The Scottish Government needs to build a high-skill high-wage economy by investing in people, transforming our education and skills system and making a stepchange in mental health.
"The Conservatives' undue reputation for business savvy is also in tatters. That's why we need an exit from Brexit because it makes no sense to put more barriers in the way of business."