Corona Virus – Information for Tourism Businesses
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Business Restrictions Grant
Moray Council are administering the Business Restrictions grant which you may be eligible for if your business is specifically required to modify its operations as a result of the new tiered system ( The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020) or is specified in the levels list on the eligibility page.
The grant provides a 4 weekly grant as below:
- £1,400 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
- £2,100 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above
An upper limit of £10,500 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.
All hospitality businesses subjected to time restrictions on their operations ( i.e. no admittance after 9.30pm, closure at 10.30pm) by law – includes restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, licensed sports and social clubs and licensed premises – but excluding takeaways.
Theatres, sports stadia, conference and exhibition centres, comedy clubs, concert halls and music venues subject to a specific cap on the number of people who can attend an event.
The Discretionary Business Hardship Fund
Local Authorities are managing applications for a discretionary business hardship fund – with payments of up to £1500 to 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 Discretionary Business Hardship Fund is £10,000.
Access the APPLICATION FORM HERE
THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED
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
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.