Business support during the coronavirus emergency

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

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

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by local authorities, including East Dunbartonshire Council.

If you are self-employed, please see below for details of the UK Government's Self-employment Income Support Scheme (which is being administered by HMRC).

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property can apply to access a support fund and receive a one-off small business support grant of £10,000, provided they were (as of 17 March 2020):

1) a recipient of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS);

2) in receipt of Rural Relief; or

3) eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief.

Please note, this is only available if they were the ratepayer for premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

A separate one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the Retail, Hospitality, Leisure sectors, operating in premises with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £50,999. This relates to the rateable value on 17 March 2020, regardless of any subsequent reduction in rateable value due to an appeal. This is only available if they were the ratepayer for premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

Eligible ratepayers can apply for a one-off grant payment up to 31 March 2021. Only one grant is allowed per ratepayer regardless of the number of premises held. 

These grants are aimed at helping keep companies in business and maintain productive capacity so that they can recover.

Their intention is to:

• Protect jobs

• Prevent business closure

• Promote economic recovery.

For an application form, you can download in either PDF or Word formats (click on the format you require or see the documents section of this webpage). You only have to apply once, using either format.

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

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 ensure you complete ALL applicable sections of the grant form, including your signature, bank statement and rates reference.  

If you have any queries, contact Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

For more information on help available, visit the Find Business Support website - https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice - or call the Helpline (0300 303 0660) which currently operates Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm. See the external links section of this webpage for more handy contacts.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The UK Government has set up the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits - up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Please note, this scheme is not being administered by East Dunbartonshire Council or Business Gateway.

HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. The scheme will be open to those where the majority of their income comes from self-employment and who have profits of less than £50,000.

The scheme will be open for an initial three months, with people able to make their first claim by the beginning of June.

For more information visit www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/ and for FAQs, visit www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme-faqs/

Business Gateway workshops

For the time being, local Business Gateway (BG) East Dunbartonshire workshops will be run remotely online via a cloud-based website - Zoom.

Joining details and a link will be issued separately for each workshop. Look out for additional workshops on 'contingency topics' during the coronavirus emergency.

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 and Zoom.

All BG East Dunbartonshire networking groups - ED-Net, ED-Netday and East Dunbartonshire Women in Business - are postponed until further notice.

For more information, visit www.businessworks.scot, e-mail bgateway@eastdunbarton.gov.uk, or check out Facebook and Twitter.

Main contact numbers for BG East Dunbartonshire:

  • Marc McCue, main office: 0141 578 8530
  • Colin Dunn, Business Adviser: 07467 330829
  • Anne MacIntosh, Business Adviser: 07768 274506
  • Charlie Morton, Business Adviser: 07901 107959
  • Suzanne Bruce, Team Leader: 07825 754719.

* 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