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'More could be done to encourage employment'

Stephen Winyard, who runs a luxury spa and hotel near Peebles, is not completely haapy with the Autumn Statement:

"There's no need for haulage costs to go up- we depend on an awful lot of suppliers during the year, so that's a very welcomed initiative.

"But there's no reduction in national insurance contributions which we all know is a tax on jobs.

"I also have issues on the minimum wage- there are market forces out there, but minimum wages tend to start at the bottom and ripple their way up to the top of an organisation, therefore it's not helpful in encouraging employers to take on more staff.

"I'm a little disappointed as more could be done to encourage employment."

– Stephen Winyard, Managing Director, Stobo Castle