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Corona Virus – Information for Tourism Businesses

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Local & National Support and Guidance

The Scottish Government’s FIND BUSINESS SUPPORT web page is the best starting point if you are looking for the most up-to-date national information & guidance. From a single point, the website will guide you through to find the right information applicable to your business or industry.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions Fund

Details of the two funds designed to support employees and businesses impacted by the new ‘brake’ restrictions can be found below. The funds will be administered by Local Authorities and will provide one-off grants to businesses directly impacted by the restrictions announced on Friday 9 October 2020.

Local authority websites will be updated at 9 am on Tuesday 20th October – allowing business to complete applications.

Applications will close on Tuesday 3rd November at 5 pm.

The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund is for hospitality and other businesses required to close by the ‘brake’ restrictions regulations. It will operate as a two-tiered scheme with a grant of £2,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of under £51,000 and £3,000 for those businesses with a RV over £51,000.

The Discretionary Business Hardship Fund
Local Authorities will invite applications for a discretionary business hardship fund – with payments of up to £1500 –   will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close.

The first round of applications are targeted to support:

  • Hospitality businesses and some gyms, required to close or operate in a restricted way and able to evidence a minimum 25% reduction in turnover during the brake period;
  • Producers/wholesale businesses based in Scotland supplying primarily short-life goods or produce to hospitality businesses required by the regulations to close or operate in a restricted way and able to evidence a minimum 25% reduction in turnover during the brake period

If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise, applying only once to the local authority in which your business is headquartered. The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted, regardless of the number of premises: the upper limit for the COVID-19 Restrictions Fund is £15,000; the upper limit for the Discretionary Business Hardship Fund is £10,000.


Eligibility

To be eligible for this support you must meet the following criteria.

For the business closure fund you must be a hospitality or other business required by law to close under these new restrictions.

For the discretionary business hardship fund you must be:

  • a hospitality business and some gyms, required by the regulations to operate in a restricted way
  • a producer/wholesale business based in Scotland supplying primarily short-life goods or produce to hospitality businesses required by the regulations to close or operate in a restricted way and able to evidence a 25% reduction in turnover during the brake period

  • Your businesses must have been open and trading before 9 October.
  • You must have a business bank account. This is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful.
  • Your business premises must be registered for Non-Domestic rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlords rather than directly to a Council are eligible to apply (evidence to be provided through copy of lease agreement).
  • Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions are not eligible to apply.
  • Businesses with connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications are welcome from Limited Companies, Sole Traders, Trusts and Partnerships provided they meet the other criteria.
  • Retail and businesses that provide takeaway food as the core and established basis of their operations are not eligible for these closure or hardship funds.