Martin Whitfield MSP has praised North Berwick-based Jerba Campervans, a business that has been accredited with the Fair Tax Mark, for its vocal stance on fair taxation for businesses during this year’s Fair Tax Week (5-13 June).

As part of the week’s activities, Simon Poole, the employee-owned company’s co-founder and Managing Director, gave a presentation to a cross-party group of MSPs at Holyrood to highlight the importance of the issue of corporate tax avoidance and demonstrate the true benefits to both business sales and customer trust from being a fully accredited member of the Fair Tax Mark scheme.

Mr Whitfield, who attended the briefing which was hosted by colleague Rhoda Grant MSP and organised by the Fair Tax Foundation in association with the Scottish Co-operative Party, thanked Mr Poole for his advocacy on companies paying fair tax.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:        

“I was really pleased to see Simon at the Fair Tax event at Holyrood and hear him speak so eloquently about companies and organisations that are proud to promote responsible tax conduct and pay their fair share of corporation tax.

“I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Jerba a couple of times in the past and know what an outstanding example it is of the benefits of employee ownership, as well as fairness in the way businesses operate, including on taxation.

“Simon and Jerba are fantastic advocates for fair tax practices and the benefits businesses can accrue from being fully accredited with the Fair Tax Mark and I would encourage other local businesses to find out more about the scheme.

“The event also explored what can be done through legislative and policy action to promote Fair Tax though procurement and funding. There is still much more that can be done to ensure all businesses contribute properly and fairly to the funding of our public services which will be so vital as we recover from the pandemic.”

Find out more about Fair Tax Week here