Small businesses across Clackmannanshire and Stirling will share a £2,756,251 Growth Fund the SNP Government has announced.

The funding, which will also be shared with Falkirk, includes £1,102,501from the European Regional Development Fund, with the remaining £1,653,750 from Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise will target growth through innovation and investment.

Local MSP, Keith Brown said: “This is a great opportunity to support our small and medium sized enterprises (SME), the engine of the Scottish economy.

“The investment aims to identify and develop our growth businesses creating hundreds of jobs in Clackmannanshire and Stirling.

“During 2015/16, Business Gateway saw unprecedented numbers of businesses access advice and information to growth businesses to help them take their ventures to a new level.

“It is extremely important that we keep this momentum going in the coming months and years and there is no doubt this additional funding will play a key role in making this happen.

“This investment shows exactly why the best way to guarantee jobs, investment, services and projects across the country, is by maintaining Scotland’s relationship with the EU. Membership delivers many social, economic and cultural benefits for individuals, businesses and communities so maintaining our EU membership is a top priority.”