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

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 relief or Rural Relief on 17 March 2020. 

You can also access this grant if you received Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start, Discretionary Sports Relief, Enterprise Areas Relief or Charitable Rate Relief on this date but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

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.

Multiple retail, hospitality or leisure properties

As of 5 May 2020, if you have multiple properties and are not eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you may still be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant for any retail, hospitality or leisure properties with a rateable value up to £18,000 each. All of your properties must have a combined rateable value of between £35,001 and £51,000.

Multiple properties

As of 5 May 2020, if you have more than one property, you can apply for a grant for each eligible property.

This means you may be able to access a £10,000 or £25,000 grant for one property. Then each additional property may be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant of £7,500, or a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant of £18,500.

For multiple properties you need to make a separate application for each eligible property.

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/

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021.

Download an application form in either PDF or Word formats (you can also access from the Documents section of this webpage).

Make sure you download a copy of the 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).

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

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

Innovate UK Coronavirus Business Support Package

Up to £90 million is available in continuity grants to SMEs and third sector organisations who are existing Innovate UK award holders and who are at risk of abandoning their project due to COVID-19. Continuity grants are available until 29 May 2020. Visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-coronovirus-business-innovation-support-package

Future Fund

The Future Fund Portal is now 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, e-mail bgateway@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or check out Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Main contact numbers:

  • 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

* Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire is running two online webinars as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. For more info on the free events - 'Mindset and mental health management' (18 May) and 'Mindfulness and maintaining focus' (21 May) - as well as other free webinars, visit www.bgateway.com/events, select East Dunbartonshire from the drop-down menu and hit Search.

* Save the date! Local suppliers across Scotland can register for Supplier Development Programme's free Meet the Buyer 2020: Live Virtual Event on 2 June. More info at https://sdpscotland.co.uk/events/meet-the-buyer-2020-live-virtual-event-1022/