Fraser Campbell, Partner and Head of Family Businesses at Campbell Dallas joined a select panel of Scottish business people and commentators at this year’s Herald Budget Briefing in Glasgow city centre, hosted by Iain Macwhirter.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 09: panellists L-R Graham Murray (Partner, Wright Johnston & Mackenzie LLP), Fraser Campbell (Partner, Campbell Dallas), Iain Macwhirter (Political commentator for The Herald), Professor Ronald MacDonald (Research Professor of Macroeconomics and International Finance (Economics), University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School) and Peter Smyth (Head of Public Affairs, Indigo) pose for a photograph at The Herald Budget Briefing Event 2017 at 200 SVS on March 09, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Simpson/Herald & Times) - JS

(L-R) Graham Murray, Fraser Campbell, Iain Macwhirter, Ronald MacDonald and Peter Smyth. Picture: Jamie Simpson

Following a breakdown of the Budget into three key areas; the economy, personal taxation and business taxation the panel proceeded to take each in turn and discuss their deeper insights and answer comments from the audience.

Key themes included further debate over the definition of employed v self-employed; consumer spending bolstering economic growth; what that means for overall growth; and all against the backdrop of an impending Brexit.

Commenting, Fraser said “This a narrow technical budget looking at tidying up some perceived loop holes and inequalities and is very much a “placeholder” for the new main Budget in Autumn 2017 after the Brexit process has started”.

This year’s first Budget certainly contained no big shocks and provided a fairly upbeat message, much needed given the uncertain times ahead.

Read our Budget Summary here.

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