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Business & Licensing - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Update, 27 March

Grants available for self-employed

North Ayrshire Council is hopeful that the new grants for self-employed people will add further protection to the local economy.

The Chancellor announced new measures on Tuesday which will enable self-employed people to apply for funding to support them over the next three months.

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. This may be extended if needed.

Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “The announcement of the grants for the self-employed was most welcome. It had obviously been a massive concern to the many who have been placed in this position. The priority right now is for us all to stay safe and for us all, collectively, to work together so we can overcome this terrible situation we find ourselves in."


The following links provide full details:







Update, 24 March

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Grant support is now available to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19.

The purpose of these one off grants is to help:

  • protect jobs
  • prevent business closure
  • promote economic recovery

Two types of grant are available to ratepayers:

  • £10,000 grant to ratepayers of businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief. Business with a rateable value up to £18,000 are eligible. You can also get this grant if you applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 - £50,999 can apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.

This grant is being administered by local authorities on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible ratepayers should apply to their local authority using the application form (PDF, 268kb or Word, 71kb). If you do not know your rates reference number, complete the application form stating the full address of the business you are applying for.

Please note: if completing the form with a mobile phone, we suggest saving the pdf version and using the Adobe fill & sign app.

Once complete, please sent the completed form to

More information can also be found at

Update, 20 March

Business support

In the current circumstances our Business teams are ensuring that we are supplying our businesses with as much relevant information and support as possible. 

The Scottish Government confirmed additional resources to support businesses in Scotland. Information about the support being provided is available for you to review. 

It is also anticipated that all information relating to this additional support will be available via the existing Business Helpline number: 0300 303 0660. 

Business Gateway also have information on the Coronavirus available.

The Scottish Government has recently announced a range of financial packages to support local business during the COVID-19 pandemic including:

• 100% rate relief for 2020/21 for certain sectors (Sectors still to be fully defined)

• 1.6% rates relief for all properties

• Grants of £10,000 for small business including rural relief cases and nurseries

• Grants of £25,000 for the hospitality sector with a Rateable Value between £18,000 and £51,000.

The Council is currently working through the detail of this and waiting on further guidance from the Scottish Government in some areas.

The priority is to pay the grants to those eligible businesses followed by applying the relevant rates relief which will require changes to our non-domestic rates software system and therefore and may take slightly longer to implement.

The Council is doing everything it can to provide these support packages to businesses as quickly as possible.

Further updates will be provided to keep all businesses informed.

Licensing applications

The Licensing Office at Cunninghame House in Irvine is not dealing with the public face-to-face, but staff are still working to process applications.

You can download licence applications forms from this website.

When you have downloaded, completed and signed the form you should then either:

  • Post it with photocopies of any documents you need (drivers need to show us their Driving Licence and either a Passport or Birth Certificate). Send photocopies - not originals.


  • Scan the signed form and documents as PDF files and send an email

You can pay the licence fee either by telephoning us with your card details or by posting a cheque (do not hand-deliver it with cash).

If you have a particular question, please email: or telephone: 01294 324305. We will try to answer as soon as we can, but due to staffing limitations we cannot guarantee to answer as quickly as usual.