Business support during the coronavirus emergency

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

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

For information on funding sources and support for businesses, visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice and www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

Please note, the closing date has now passed for applications to the Scottish Government's Coronavirus Business Support Fund, Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund and the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund.

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.

Strategic Framework Business Fund

Please note, anyone who has already applied and received funding from the Strategic Framework need not reapply. Any further payments will be made automatically in alignment with the relevant Level.

The purpose of this grant - linked to Scotland’s Strategic Framework - is to provide (from 2 November 2020 onwards) support to specific businesses closed or directly impacted by law, in the form of:

  • Business Temporary Closure Fund - a grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for businesses required to close by law, payable every four weeks in arrears for the duration protective measures are in place
     
  • Business Restrictions Fund - a grant of £1,400 or £2,100 (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.

Please note - you can apply for a grant for each of your affected premises (where applicable).

To apply, please fill in this online application form

If you are unable to apply online, please e-mail Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141 578 8530.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

HM Treasury has announced that the self-employed will receive 80% of average trading profits for November, December and January, through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - with a further grant to follow, covering February to April.

Visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme to check your eligibility and for more information.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HM Treasury has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021.

This means that furloughed employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, for the next five months.

Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-and-loan-schemes for more information.

COVID-19 Public Transport Retrofit Fund

A new fund aimed at supporting public transport operators during the coronavirus pandemic is now available. The COVID-19 Public Transport Retrofit Fund is part of the larger COVID-19 Public Transport Mitigation Fund, announced by Transport Scotland.

The fund supports the installation of measures needed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on vehicles, and aims to improve capacity and increase public confidence.

Bus, community transport, taxi and private hire operators are eligible. Visit https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/grants-and-loans/covid-19-public-transport-retrofit-fund/

Business Support Fund

Applications for this fund are now closed (as of 3 November at 5pm).

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 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

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/

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. 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 - https://twitter.com/SBRC_Scotland - or get in touch via www.sbrcentre.co.uk