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Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Business support during the coronavirus emergency

Applications closed on 10th July 2020 at 5pm.

Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire and the Council are offering support to business owners affected by the ongoing pandemic.

There is a range of funding sources and support for businesses in Scotland facing coronavirus - https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

To find out what support is available to you and your business visit www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

People who are newly self-employed and suffering hardship - who have not been able to access support through other schemes - may qualify for a one-off grant of £2,000 from the Scottish Government's Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.

Individuals may only apply once and only in one local authority area. Applications for the fund went live on 30 April 2020.

To check if you are eligible and to apply online please use this link - https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/special/address-finder?nid=230351 - or see the Forms section of this webpage.

Council officers will review your application and assess if you are eligible for a grant. The Council will aim to make payment within 10 working days from receipt of a fully-completed application.

If you have any queries, e-mail Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire on 0141 578 8530.

For more information, visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/sources-of-funding/newly-self-employed-hardship-fund

Business Support Fund

This Scottish Government fund is being administered by local authorities, including East Dunbartonshire Council.

Grant support is available to help businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of these grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.

The Business Support Fund offers:

Small Business Support Grant – for small businesses in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) relief or Rural Relief on 17 March 2020. 

You can also apply if you are eligible for the SBBS, but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Enterprise Areas Relief, Sports Relief or Charitable Rates Relief.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant – for retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000.

For eligibility and more information, visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/funding/small-business-support-grant

Phase 2

As of 5 May 2020, ratepayers with multiple business properties may be eligible to receive a one-off grant of £10,000 for their first property and £7,500 for each subsequent qualifying property. These are only available to ratepayers whose premises were occupied on 17 March 2020 for the business uses specified. Conditions apply.

From 5 May 2020, new arrangements enabled ratepayers of properties in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, and previously ineligible for support, to access the Small Business Grant Fund. Ratepayers operating properties in Retail, Hospitality and Leisure where their individual rateable values do not exceed £18,000 and where the cumulative rateable value of all properties held (RHL and non-RHL) is between £35,001 - £51,000, can apply to the Small Business Grant Fund for each of their Retail, Hospitality or Leisure properties.

Phase 3

As of 8 June 2020, the range and upper limit of such cumulative rateable value was increased from £35,001 - £51,000 to £35,001 - £500,000.

Also as of 8 June 2020, tenants or occupiers of premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units for which the landlord is the registered ratepayer may be eligible for a single, one-off £10,000 small business grant. Eligibility for such small businesses is subject to detailed verification criteria, but irrespective of the use or rateable value of the property. A tenant/occupier may only receive a single grant.

Self-catering accommodation and caravans

Self-catering accommodation and caravans are eligible for these grants if they:

  • are a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more); and
  • were let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20.

More information, including the types of business which qualify, can be found at www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/

 

Applications closed on 10th July 2020 at 5pm.

Please ensure you check guidance, eligibility and include all necessary information - download the accompanying guidance document HERE.

Make sure you download a copy of the appropriate application form to your computer or device, complete the form, save and then e-mail to Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Please ensure you insert the business name and the grant you are applying for in the title of your e-mail.

Forms can only be accepted via e-mail - please do not post them to any of our offices.

Take care to ensure you complete ALL applicable sections of the grant form, including your signature, bank statement and rates reference. Incomplete applications may be returned.

If you have any queries, e-mail Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire on 0141 578 8530.

Council officers will review your application and assess if you are eligible for a grant. The Council will aim to make payment within 10 working days from receipt of a fully-completed application.

Please see below for details of the UK Government's Self-employment Income Support Scheme (which is being administered by HMRC).

Lockdown guidance

Environmental Health and Trading Standards colleagues are happy to discuss current and post-lockdown guidelines with business owners based in the area. The contact details are:

Alternatively, you can call 0300 1234510.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

HMRC has announced an extension to its Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Eligible self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus can apply for an initial SEISS grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits. Conditions apply.

Payments will be made in a single instalment covering three months and capped at £7,500 – expected to reach bank accounts within six working days of each claim.

Applications for a second and final grant will open in August. Individuals will be able to claim a second taxable grant worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. For information, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of October 2020, with no changes to the scheme until the end of July. Eligible businesses can claim for 80% of an employee’s wages - plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions - if they have been placed on furlough (temporary leave) because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme and www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Please note, the scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June 2020. From that point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June 2020.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The UK Government has launched a scheme for small and medium sized employers - with fewer than 250 employees - to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments made to employees.

Employers seeking more information on the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - which will cover eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020 - can visit www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 and www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Emergency Loan Fund for SME Housebuilders

Applications are now open for this £100 million emergency loan fund to support small and medium-sized housebuilders with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of housebuilding sites. For information, visit www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-liquidity-support-sme-housebuilders

Bounce Back Loans

The UK Government's Bounce Back Loans scheme can provide loans of up to £50,000. Visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/sources-of-funding

Future Fund

The Future Fund Portal is open for applications, providing convertible loans - ranging from £125,000 to £5 million - to innovative UK companies, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. Visit www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/future-fund/

Further information

For information on other potential support initiatives, you can access a handy guide here - updated by North Lanarkshire Council on behalf of local authorities - which includes info on VAT deferral, deferral of Self-Assessment Payment, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, HMRC Time to Pay Service, Non-Domestic Rates Relief, support for water bills, Enterprise Relief Fund, arts funding and more.

Business Gateway workshops

For the time being, Business Gateway (BG) East Dunbartonshire workshops will be run remotely.

Visit https://www.bgateway.com/events?region=east-dunbartonshire&keyword for more information.

In addition, one-to-one BG meetings can be held over the phone, FaceTime, Skype, Cisco Webex and Zoom.

All BG East Dunbartonshire networking groups - ED-Net, ED-Netday and East Dunbartonshire Women in Business - are now being delivered remotely.

For more information, visit www.businessworks.scot or www.bgateway.com/local-offices/east-dunbartonshire/local-support, e-mail bgateway@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or check out Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

* The Scottish Business Resilience Centre is also organising online webinar events. Follow its latest news on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SBRC_Scotland - or get in touch via www.sbrcentre.co.uk

 

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