Support for business

Coronavirus: support for Highland businesses

Supporting economic recovery in Highland

Highland Council appreciate that this is a very difficult time for your business,  and we are here to support you as much as we can.

This webpage seeks to give a clear guide to the range of support announced for business, their employees and the self employed by the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the Council. The advice from both governments is evolving and we will continue to update this page as further information becomes available.

In addition to looking at this site, we recommend that businesses also use the Government's support finder on a regular basis to find out what support is available. For business advice visit our Business Gateway service. This includes a range of guidance and information online about business continuity planning, and a number of additional related articles, including webinars and tutorials to support you. The Business Gateway Highland team can be contacted on 01463 896791.

Grant Schemes delivered by Highland Council

The Scottish Government have asked the Council to deliver a number of business grant schemes on their behalf. The Scottish Government provide the funds for these grant schemes and also define the criteria to be used and who is to benefit from the grant.

The main grant scheme currently being delivered, is the Strategic Business Framework Fund. The Strategic Framework Business Fund has two elements to it. One is a Temporary Closure Grant for when a business must close by regulation, while the other is a Business Restrictions Grant for when the business must operate in a restricted way as a result of the Coronavirus protective measures.

In addition to the current Temporary Closure Grant, the Scottish Government is also making Top-up grant support available for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses who have had to close due to the current level 4 restrictions.

Eligible businesses who have already secured a Restriction Grant or have recently applied for a Temporary Closure Grant will automatically receive this top-up grant in addition to their Temporary Closure Grant towards the end of January.

Initial details are available from the Scottish Government's announcement

Other grants available

During Janaury and early February 2021, the Scottish Government will be making available a range of other grants to businesses although many will not be administered by the Council. Those already live are:

Funds going live this month

The Scottish Government have also advised that the following schemes will be launched in the coming weeks and we will provide further details on this website as we receive them.

  • Mobile Close Contact Services Support Fund (including driving instructors and
  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
  • Outdoor Tourism Sector Recommissioning Fund
  • Travel Agents Fund
  • Wedding Sector Support Fund
  • Events Industry Support Fund
  • Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund



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