SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

COVID-19 HELPLINE FOR SCOTTISH BUSINESSES
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* 30TH APRIL UPDATE *
Enterprise Resilience Fund

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Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Hardship Fund

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Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund

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NON-DOMESTIC RATES RELIEF

To help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has made changes to non-domestic rates (business rates) for 2020-21.

The Scottish Government has introduced extra rates reliefs (discounts).  It has also introduced a one-off grant for some businesses.

These reliefs will be available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Businesses can apply for grants to help them deal with the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak and will be available to 31 March 2021.  The one-off grants are designed to help protect jobs, prevent business closures and promote economic recovery, and more than 90,000 ratepayers across Scotland will be able to benefit.

The grant support is additional to separate tax relief measures and is part of a package of measures worth £2.2 billion.

Small businesses in receipt of the small business bonus scheme or rural relief, as well as hospitality, leisure and retail business can benefit.

Two types of grant are now available to ratepayers:

• a one-off £10,000 grant to ratepayers of small businesses.  This grant is available to ratepayers of small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) or Rural Relief, or eligible for SBBS in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief, and with rateable value up to £18,000.

• a one-off grant of 75% of £25,000 available to retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 and £50,999 with multiple premises.

The grants are being administered by local authorities who are aim to make payments within 10 working days.

The list is not exhaustive and if businesses think they may be eligible for one of these grants, they should contact their local authority directly. The Scottish Government has taken the decision to exclude non-domestic property classifications which are not small businesses in the traditional sense.  Examples include Advertising, ATM Sites, Car Parks, Public Toilets.

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EXTRA RELIEFS

All non-domestic properties in Scotland will get a 1.6% rates relief. This relief effectively reverses the change in poundage for 2020-21.

You do not need to apply for this relief as it will be applied to your bill by your local council.

RETAIL, HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE BUSINESSES

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will get 100% rates relief. To get this relief, a property has to be occupied. Properties that have closed temporarily due to the government’s COVID-19 advice will be treated as occupied.

You do not need to apply for this relief and it will be applied to your bill by your local council.

15th April Update

Around £220 million of further grants are being made available for businesses – including the recently self-employed – to help them deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The new package of measures includes £120 million to extend the Small Business Grant scheme to ensure that, in addition to a 100% grant on the first property, small business rate payers will be eligible to a 75% grant on all subsequent properties.

A further £100 million fund is also being made available to protect self-employed people and viable micro and SME businesses in distress due to COVID. This fund will be channelled through Scottish Enterprise to target newly self-employed people and businesses who are ineligible for other Scottish Government or UK Government schemes.  

Applications for the £100 million fund will be open by the end of this month and the new arrangements for the Small Business Grant will be in place to receive applications on 5 May.  

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said:

“The Scottish Government’s primary concern remains protecting people’s health, but it is still the case that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having severe economic consequences for businesses around the country.

“We are doing everything we can to support business at this difficult time and we continue to listen to and engage with the sector.

“Our support for business now exceeds the £2.2 billion passed on from the UK Government and actively works to fill the gaps in the UK schemes.

“Around 100,000 businesses in total are already eligible for our small business grants and from today we will be extending that scheme in response to feedback from businesses on the frontline of this economic crisis. 

“The creation of a £100 million fund is to help those micro and SME businesses who face immediate cash flow challenges, are ineligible for other schemes and are the productive base for supporting employment in the future. It will also support those newly self-employed people who are also ineligible for UK schemes and will be a vital lifeline for many businesses and individuals across Scotland.

“With UK Government support not being available until June, we are going further to secure the future economic viability of Scottish firms and applications will be open by the end of the month.

“While many businesses are in difficulty, some are doing better than others or can pull through from their own resources.

“Just as we ask the public only to buy what they need in the supermarkets, we are asking businesses who do not need this vital help to refrain from claiming additional support unless absolutely necessary so we can direct as much help as possible to those who need it most.”