Business support during the coronavirus emergency

Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire and the Council are continuing to offer support to businesses and enterprises affected by the ongoing pandemic.

You can access additional advice and updates by visiting the local business support information hub.

For information on funding sources and support for businesses, visit Find Business Support and the UK Government's support finder.

December/January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality

The Scottish Government has allocated funding to support businesses in the hospitality sector affected by the latest public health advice. The fund is being administered by local authorities.

Who is eligible?

The December/January Business Support Top Up fund will provide support to businesses in the hospitality sector who have lost crucial bookings during this key trading period where they are registered as one of the following:

  • Public houses
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Other licensed premises classed as hospitality
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels with bars and restaurants.

Any business not classed as one of the above will NOT be eligible for this funding. Awards will be granted based on the primary function of the business. It is for the local authority to determine if a business meets the description and further information may be requested, where necessary, to determine eligibility of applications.

The public sector or arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs) are not eligible.

Declaration Process/How to apply

In the first instance, local authorities will contact businesses they have previously made payments to through the Strategic Framework Business Fund.

For the vast majority of eligible businesses, local authorities already hold sufficient data in order to establish eligibility.

This will be from previously-held data where a business has received COVID-19 business support via the local authority in the past. In this instance, this funding was last received in April 2021.

Businesses are being asked to fill in an online Declaration Form to confirm their details.

Please ensure you provide banking details and a recent statement.

We are unable to process incomplete forms so please ensure you have filled out ALL the applicable sections to enable payment to be made. Thanks in advance for helping during this busy time.

The December/January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality fund will close on 31 January 2022 (although authorised payments may still be made beyond that date).

Businesses set up since April 2021 or where there has been a change of use

Businesses who are registered as a public house, restaurant, cafe, hotel with restaurant/bar, nightclub or other licensed club, but have never received COVID-19 funding via the local authority, may be eligible for funding.

In the first instance, please email Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Eligibility for new businesses

New businesses will be required to provide information which allows eligibility to be assessed. The following is the eligibility criteria for those businesses:

  • The business must have physical premises
  • The business should be the main occupier
  • The business owner should be responsible for paying non-domestic rates (NDR)
  • The business was trading as an eligible businesses as at 8 December 2021.

Evidence will be required of how the business meets the eligibility criteria. Being registered for non-domestic rates will be the main way to do this and the application process will request the unique identifier number for this.

The grant is available for businesses with premises registered for NDR as of 8 December 2021. Details may also be requested regarding the owner/s and evidence of premises being used as a business in one of the eligible uses, such as licensing.

In addition, other details will be required to allow payment to be made, such as bank account details and proof of access to this.

There will be discretion to award grants to eligible businesses which lease or rent premises which are not rated, such as those leased from a Council in a public park, provided there is evidence of validity and eligibility.

The business must have been actively trading, and be able to demonstrate it was, on 8 December 2021. Where necessary, additional evidence may be requested to determine this eligibility, such as receipts, banking or other evidence.

Provided they meet all the eligibility criteria, businesses which are Limited Companies (including social enterprises), Sole Traders, Trusts, Partnerships, Community Interest Companies and/or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations, may apply for a grant.

Applications for new businesses can be made via the Scottish Government.

Level of Grant Award

A grant has been made available to support businesses (hospitality only) for the loss of bookings as a direct impact of the public health guidance issued on 9 December 2021, a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £4,500 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000, or
  • £6,800 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or above  

A grant has also been made available to support hospitality businesses for the loss of business due to physical distancing guidance and restrictions on socialisation announced on 21 December, a payment at the rate of:

  • £1,400 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000, or
  • £2,100 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or above

The rateable value of the property is considered to be as per local authority records at 1 November 2021. Any changes to the valuation roll after 1 November 2021, including changes backdated to this date, should be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility.

However, if a property was requested to be entered into the roll or the entry modified before 1 November, but delayed for administrative or systemic reasons, local authorities have discretion to consider such businesses.

For more information visit this Find Business Support webpage and this Find Business Support webpage.

Multiple Properties

Individual ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business entity.

All Eligible Businesses Criteria

Both businesses where local authorities hold sufficient data and new businesses must declare the following as part of the application process and supply documentation where necessary.

  • The business must have a business bank account
  • The business must not have breached wider COVID-19 regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions
  • The business must not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020

Applicants are required to declare all previous support received from UK or Scottish or Local Government support schemes to ensure payments are made correctly and compliant with EC State Aid limits.

Next Steps

Local authorities will make contact between now and the end of January with businesses where they already hold sufficient data to contact the business owner and confirm the additional eligibility required.

Payments will be processed subject to receiving any relevant supporting information required. The December/January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality fund will close for applications on 31 January 2022.

Payments will be made into the business bank account of the business where possible. All payments will be subject to fraud and error controls, and in line with local authority payment/finance controls.

A review process will be available on application outcomes only, to allow businesses due process to challenge decisions. This will only apply to those classed as a new businesses who have set up since April 2021 or where there has been a change of use.

Visit Find Business Support for more information, visit the contact page or call 0300 303 0660.

January Business Support Top Up - Leisure

The Scottish Government has allocated funding to support businesses in the leisure sector who are impacted by the requirement for physical distancing and capacity limits which came into force from 27 December 2021.

Below is information on the eligibility criteria, amounts which can be claimed and the application process for January Business Support Top Up - Leisure funding.

Who is eligible

The January Business Support Top Up - Leisure Fund will provide support to businesses in the leisure sectors who are impacted by the restrictions introduced from 27 December 2021 where they are registered as one of the following:

  • conference centres
  • music venues
  • arts facilities
  • sports facilities
  • gyms
  • leisure centres
  • outdoor centres
  • cinemas
  • amusement and recreation businesses
  • bingo
  • casinos
  • soft play
  • snooker clubs.

Exclusions

Any business not classed as one of the above will NOT be eligible for this funding. Awards are granted based on the primary function of the business. It is for a local authority to determine if a business meets the description and further information can be requested, where necessary, to determine eligibility of applications.

Large event/sport/football stadia, museums and historic sites are not eligible.

Application Process

In the first instance, local authorities will contact businesses they have previously made payments to through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. 

For the vast majority of eligible businesses, local authorities already hold sufficient data in order to establish eligibility and will contact businesses directly to make payment. This will be from previously-held data where a business has received COVID-19 business support via the Council in the past. In this instance this funding was last received in April 2021. For businesses where this is the case, there will only be a need to confirm the following when contacted:

  • that they are still a registered business
  • that they were trading at 20 December 2021
  • that they wish to receive funding
  • that the details the Council already holds are up to date.

Businesses are being asked to fill in the online Declaration Form to confirm their details. Please ensure you provide banking details and a recent statement.

We are unable to process incomplete forms so please ensure you have filled out ALL the applicable sections to enable payment to be made. Thanks in advance for helping during this busy time.

New business will be required to provide information which allows local authorities to assess eligibility. The eligibility criteria for those businesses are:

  • the business must have physical premises
  • the business should be the main occupier
  • the business owner should be responsible for paying non-domestic rates (NDR)
  • the business was trading as an eligible businesses as at 20 December 2021.

The Council will require evidence of how the businesses meets the eligibility criteria. Being registered for non-domestic rates will be the main way to do this and the application process will request the unique identifier number for this. The grant is available for businesses with premises registered for NDR as of 20 December 2021.

Local authorities may also ask for details on the owner/s and evidence of premises being used as a business in one of the eligible uses, such as licensing details. In addition, other details will be required to allow payment to be made such as bank account details and proof of access to this.

Local authorities have discretion to award grants to eligible businesses which lease or rent premises which are not rated.

The business must be actively trading and be able to demonstrate it was on 20 December 2021. Where necessary, local authorities can request additional evidence to determine eligibility, such as receipts, banking or other evidence.

Provided they meet all the eligibility criteria, businesses which are Limited Companies (including social enterprises), Sole Traders, Trusts, Partnerships, Community Interest Companies or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations, may apply for a grant.

Level of grant award

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £2,100 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000 or;
  • £3,150 for premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

The rateable value of the property is considered to be as per local authority records at 1 November 2021. Any changes to the valuation roll after 1 November 2021, including changes backdated to this date, should be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility.

Multiple properties

Individual ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business entity.

Next steps

Local authorities will make contact by the end of January with businesses where they already hold sufficient data to contact the business owner and confirm the additional eligibility required. Most businesses will have been contacted by 21 January 2022. For new businesses, this will be within 14 days of receiving an application where eligibility has been established from the data provided.

Payments will be processed subject to receiving any relevant supporting information required. The January Business Support Top Up - Leisure Fund will close for applications at 5pm on 31 January 2022.

Payments will be made into the business bank account of the business where possible. It is for the local authority as delivery agent to discern and agree alternatives, i.e. use of personal accounts where a business bank account is not held and where the applicant can demonstrate the account is used for business purposes. This will be subject to fraud and error controls and in line with Council payment/finance controls.

Local authorities on behalf of the Scottish Ministers will offer a review process on application outcomes only, to allow businesses due process to challenge decisions. This will only apply to those classed as a new businesses who have set up since November 2020 or where there has been a change of use. It is for the local authority to offer an explanation on initial decisions and a formal review process should the business/applicant not be satisfied with the explanation. Businesses will need to request this in writing and the Council will follow their own review/appeals process.

If you are a business in any of the eligible sectors listed above, and previously received funding under the Strategic Framework Business Fund, you should be contacted directly by the Council. If you have further questions relating to this funding, please email Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

New applicants

If you are a business in any of the eligible sectors listed above however you:

  • have not previously receive funding
  • are a new business registered after 3 November 2020

you will need to complete this application form. If you have questions about the application form, or experience technical difficulties contact the COVID-19 business support mailbox.

Other Scottish Government COVID-19 Business Support - January 2022

The Scottish Government has committed £100 million of business support for one-off payments to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Within this, funding has been allocated for the hospitality sector (see above).

Information is expected soon from the Scottish Government on further support for other service providers - such as hairdressers, and taxi and private hire drivers. Please keep an eye on this webpage and social media.

It is understood there will also be support packages for the Wedding Sector, Wholesale Suppliers, Cultural Businesses (creative freelancers) and Events Supply Chain.

These grants are Scottish Government grants, which will be administered by supporting agencies – NOT local authorities. For updates and information on these grants (when available) please visit Find Business Support.

Business Ventilation Fund

Funding is being made available by the Scottish Government to help small and medium-sized businesses improve their ventilation, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available. Support will initially target settings where people come into close contact, such as restaurants, bars and gyms. Visit the Scottish Government website for information.

The Business Ventilation Fund will remain open until 31 March 2022 or when funds are exhausted - whichever occurs first.

The funding is to help pay for work to improve ventilation and air quality. This could include:

  • Installation of carbon dioxide monitors
  • Repairs to windows and vents.

Please note, the Scottish Government has confirmed that the funding cannot be paid retrospectively for work already carried out.

Guide for Home Businesses

East Dunbartonshire Economic Partnership (EDEP) has produced A Guide for Home Businesses, containing useful information and links to further guidance for local entrepreneurs and anyone thinking about starting a business from home. The production of this Guide fulfils Action 21 of East Dunbartonshire’s Economic Development Strategy. The aim is to make it easier for home business owners, or those looking to start a new home-based business, to access the information they may need.

The Guide also offers potential business owners details of regulations that they need to comply with and can help them get in touch with the relevant Council services.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

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

Employers seeking more information on the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - covering eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020 - can visit the Statutory Sick Pay webpage.

Business Gateway workshops

Business Gateway (BG) East Dunbartonshire workshops are currently being run remotely. Visit the East Dunbartonshire webpage 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 Business Works Scotland or Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire, e-mail or check out Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can call Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire on 0141 578 8530.

* The Scottish Business Resilience Centre is also organising online webinar events. Follow its latest news on Twitter or get in touch via the website.

Environmental Health and Trading Standards Guidance

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

Alternatively, you can call 0300 1234510.

Previous funding schemes (now closed)

  • The Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Operator Support Fund 2021-22
  • SME Brexit Support Fund
  • Contingency Fund Plus - Brewers Support Fund, Support for Travel Agents and Support for Indoor Football Centres
  • East Dunbartonshire Council Discretionary Business Fund
  • Strategic Framework Business Fund
  • The Scottish Government Hospitality Sector Top-Up Payment, Retail Sector Top-Up Payment and Leisure Sector Top-Up Fund 
  • Large Self-Catering Fund 
  • Scottish Enterprise - green jobs calls
  • Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
  • Scottish Government Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax (B&Bs and Self-Caterers)
  • Scottish Government - Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund and support for mobile and home-based close contact businesses and registered driving instructors
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • COVID-19 Public Transport Retrofit Fund
  • Future Fund