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 UK Government's support finder and the Scottish Government’s Find Business Support 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.

Hospitality Business Support Top-Up Grant Scheme

The Hospitality Business Support Top-Up Grant Scheme will provide a one-off payment for businesses in the hospitality sector who have lost bookings during December 2021 and January 2022.  Business will receive either a grant of £4,500 or £6,800 depending on their rateable value.

To be eligible the hospitality business must be registered as one of the following: public houses; restaurants; cafes; other licensed premises classed as hospitality; nightclubs, and hotels with bars and restaurants.

For full up-to-date eligibility and details of the grant scheme businesses are advised to go to the Scottish Government’s Find Business Support website.

If you are an eligible hospitality business and previously secured support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) you will be contacted directly by the Council. 

If you are a new eligible hospitality business we ask that you keep a close eye on the Scottish Government’s Find Business Support website as it will give details on how you will be able to apply for this Top-Up Grant Scheme.

This grant scheme will close at 5pm on 31st January 2022.

 

January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality and Leisure

The January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality and Leisure will provide a one-off payment to support businesses in Scotland that were affected by the requirements for physical distancing and capacity limits that came into force from 27 December 2021 due to COVID-19.

Eligible businesses that previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will be contacted directly by the Council. If the Council does not contact you and you believe you are eligible, you should apply via the Scottish Government.

The one-off payment for hospitality businesses is at a rate of:

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

The one-off payment for leisure businesses is at a rate of:

  • £2,050 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,150 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or more

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

If you are a business in any of the eligible sectors but did not previously receive funding, or are a new business registered after 3 November 2020, you will need to apply via the Scottish Government.

For full up-to-date eligibility and details of the grant scheme businesses are advised to go to the Scottish Government’s Find Business Support website 

This grant scheme will close at 5pm on 31st January 2022.

 

Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 will provide a one-off payment to eligible drivers and operators who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022.

The Council will, on behalf of the Scottish Government, make a further payment of £750 to all drivers who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021.

For operators, the Council will make a payment to all eligible operators who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021. The amount you receive will depend on the number of vehicles you have:

  • owner/operators with one vehicle - a single award of £750
  • owner/operators with 2 to 9 vehicles - a single award of £3,000
  • owner/operators with 10 to 49 vehicles - a single award of £7,000
  • owner/operators with 50 or more vehicles – a single award of £15,000

Visit the Scottish Government Find Business Support website for more information. You do not need to apply – as the Council will get in touch with you directly once it receives all details of the grant scheme.

If you have read all the information and guidance provided and still have questions, please email covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot

Business ventilation Grant Scheme

The Business Ventilation Grant Scheme seeks to help businesses improve ventilation and air quality on their premises to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The grant scheme will allow businesses to claim back costs to improve ventilation of up to £2500. The grant scheme is targeted to high-risk settings where people come into close proximity, such as hospitality and leisure sectors.

The grant scheme commenced on 23 November 2021 and will be available until Thursday 31 March 2022 or when funds provided by the Scottish Government are exhausted -  whichever occurs first.

Other grants available

Following the measures introduced to control the spread of the Omicron variant, the Scottish Government has announced a support package for businesses immediately impacted by the updated public health guidance.  The Council will be responsible for the delivery of some of these grant schemes but certain business sectors will need to apply to other organisations and therefore not all grant schemes will be listed here.

We recommend that businesses use the Scottish Government’s Find Business Support  on a regular basis to find out what support is available.

If you have read all the information and guidance provided and still have questions, please email covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot

 

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