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General Business Support

Visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/ to access a range of business support services.

Guidance on trading during Tier 4 restrictions

Scottish Government guidance is available on which businesses are permitted to remain open in Tier 4.

Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Top-Up Grants

Local authorities will administer the newly announced top-up grants and will be responsible for delivering the funding to eligible businesses. 

There is no application form for the top-up grants.  They will be administered via the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF).  Please  refer to the following advice prior to contacting us:

  • If you have already applied for the Strategic Framework Business Fund - eligible businesses who have already applied for the SFBF do not need to reapply for the top-up grant.  Top-up payments will be issued automatically to eligible applicants with your next four-weekly payment. Please note that some exclusions apply to the top-up grant (including B&B’s, Self-Catering, Caravan and Camping Sites, Funfairs, Theatres, Concert Halls, Sport Stadiums, Conference/Exhibition Centres and Visitor Attractions).
  • If you have not yet applied for the Strategic Framework Business Fund - if you have not yet applied for the SFBF and are eligible for support under this fund, please apply via our application form below.  Should your SFBF application be approved, your top-up grant will be issued along with your first SFBF payment.

Strategic Framework Business Fund

If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, you may be eligible to apply for grant funding.

Applications to the Strategic Framework Business Fund should be made through your local authority website. 

You can apply for a:

  • temporary closure grant - £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) if your business is required to close by law
  • business restrictions grant - a grant of £1,400 or £2100 (depending on rateable value) for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by protective measures, payable every four weeks in arrears for the duration measures are in place. This means that your business is legally required to close earlier than normal, for example, not that you have to adopt physical distancing or that the demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic or other restrictions which impact on individuals and communities.

Grants will be paid every 4 weeks in arrears as long as restrictions last.

Applications can be downloaded here.

Please ensure the documents you submit with your application are acceptable and legible. If you do not have an office scanner and are having trouble submitting clear supporting documents, we suggest you use a PDF scanner on your phone.  These are available via Apple and Google Play.

Please note - we will publish details of support for mobile close contact services separately, so please do not contact the Council if you operate this type of business.

Please check your eligibility.

Guidance for sectoral businesses

The Scottish Government has published guidance for retailers and manufacturers to consider how people can safely return to work.

Guidance for the construction industry is expected soon.

The documents are among the first for a number of specific sectors. They have been developed in consultation with:

  • business
  • trades unions
  • regulators

They will provide advice on essential equipment and services needed to create the conditions for safer workplaces.

Companies are expected to undertake a robust risk management approach that has been developed and maintained through joint working with employees. This will offer assurances to workers when the time is right to return to work.

Working to the phased approach in the Scottish Government’s route map on easing lockdown, it details the steps required for businesses, acknowledging that some will face more complications when reopening than others, while also considering the impact on employees.

It is also acknowledged that the successful return to business will be highly dependent on positive customer behaviours. Therefore, customer guidance has been published and can also be used by retailers to inform their signage.

In addition, a joint statement by the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Health and Safety Executive and local authorities has been issued on safe workplaces.

The following guides from the Health and Safety Executive provide useful sources of information:

You can access the Scottish Government guidance below: