Strategic Framework Business Fund
Tier 3 Islands (Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna & Raasay)
While all of mainland Highland along with the Isle of Skye are subject to Tier 4 restrictions under the Scottish Government's Strategic Framework system many other islands including Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna & Raasay are classed as Tier 3. In these circumstances, most businesses are not obliged to close and so would not be eligible for the Strategic Framework closure fund. However, the Council has been in contact with the Scottish Government in relation to this. In particular we have emphasised the fact that restricted access to the islands mean that these businesses face constraints that essentially have the same impact as closure would and so access to support would be justified. While the details have still to be finalised with the Scottish Government, a different support mechanism is therefore now anticipated.
Businesses on these 5 islands are therefore requested not to apply to the closure fund but instead the Council will contact those businesses directly regarding the support that may be available to them. The precise timing of this will depend on when details are made available but we hope to contact all affected businesses in the second half of January.