COVID-19 Help & Support for Tourism Businesses

The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being deeply felt throughout the tourism industry. Visit Moray Speyside have been working tirelessly during this crisis to support, guide and represent Moray’s tourism industry and businesses.

Visit Moray Speyside are working with key partners at all levels of the industry and beyond to assist, signpost and support your tourism business. We are members of the Moray Business Resilience Forum, The Cairngorms Emergency Response Group and represent Moray’s tourism interests strongly to politicians, elected representatives and national agencies.

Visit Moray Speyside’s support for tourism businesses in our region has been developed in partnership with neighbouring agencies and is aligned to the following model:

RESPOND (March 2020 – May 2020)
Immediate provision of information and support to businesses

RESET (June 2020 – September 2020)
Support, planning and preparation for restart and safe reopening.

RESTART (June 2020 – February 2021)
Support and guidance for safe re-opening

RECOVER (September 2020 – December 2022)
B2C and B2B marketing activity, support and advice for business in a post-lockdown scenario


Sign-up to our regular industry newsletter to get the latest updates from us here at Visit Moray Speyside as we begin the slow process of recovery and reopening. If you are a tourism business in Moray Speyside, we are here to support you.

Please get in touch with us if you have questions or concerns.

Laurie & Shona


Business Grants Scheme to Close 10th July

The Scottish Government announced on 8 June 2020 that the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes will close for new applications on 10 July 2020 instead of 31st March 2021 as previously announced.

Moray Council are administering the Business Grant Payment scheme – Moray Council COVID-19 Business Support Page

Read on below to find out more about each grant and its eligibility criteria – remember that if you believe you are eligible, you should apply as soon as possible.

Phase 1 Grants – From 31st March 2020

Small Business Support Grant
If you operate an eligible business with a rateable value of less than £18,000 you can apply for a one-off grant of £10,000

Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant
If you operate a retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value from £18,001 up to £51,000 you can apply for a one-off grant of £25,000


Phase 2 Grants – From 5th May 2020

Small Business Support Grant
If you have received an initial £10,000 grant from the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) AND occupy multiple properties you can make individual applications for each additional property. If these properties also meet the SBGF eligibility criteria, there will be an entitlement to a grant for each qualifying property which is equal to 75% of the one off grant (i.e. £7,500).

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
if you have received an initial £25,000 grant from the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) AND occupy multiple properties, you can now make individual applications for each of your other properties. If these properties also meet the RHLGF eligibility criteria, there will be an entitlement to a grant for each qualifying property which is equal to 75% of the one off grant (i.e. £18,750).


Phase 3 Grants – From 8th June 2020

On 8 June 2020, Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Business Grant scheme came into operation which is targeted at supporting operators who have been ineligible to apply under existing schemes (Small Business Grants, Pivotal Enterprise, Small Business Grant Fund, Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and Third Sector Resilience Fund).

The fund will provide support to businesses occupying shared office spaces, incubators or industrial units where they are not the ratepayer, and to businesses who have one or more properties in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector where an individual rateable value does not exceed £18,000 but whose cumulative value is between £51,000 and £500,000


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.


Business Gateway Digital Support

The lovely people at Business Gateway have produced a range of new resources to support businesses through the transition out of lock-down. Topics include, starting to sell online, a 5 point plan for online sales and a checklist for communicating with clients as you come out of lockdown.  Clear guidance on how to return to work safely is also being prepared for each sector through collaboration with the Scottish Government and other enterprise agencies.

All of these resources, plus a programme of webinars on business critical topics, are available 24/7 via Business Gateway’s dedicated online Coronavirus business support hub.


VisitScotland: COVID-19 Support & Information for Businesses
https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/advice/coronavirus

Visit Britain: COVID-19 Help & Advice for Businesses
https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-new-coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice-for-businesses