For the most up to date information on Business Grants and Support please visit the East Renfrewshire Council Website – https://covid.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/business-and-consumers
Any enquiries from local businesses should be directed to email@example.com
Summary of Available Recovery Guidance
Sectoral guidance to restart the economy published by Scottish Chambers of Commerce. Sectoral guidance dashboard.
Coronavirus Restrictions Fund
The Scottish Government has announced £48 million in funding for businesses and employees in Scotland affected by the temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) brake restrictions that came into effect from 9 October 2020. This will go live on Monday 19/10 at 9am and close at 5pm on 3rd November. Go to https://covid.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/business-closure-fund . Any enquiries from local businesses should directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Business Closure Fund is available to hospitality and other businesses required to close (except for takeaways) by these new restrictions regulations. It operates as a two-tiered scheme:
• a smaller grant of £2,875 for businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of under £51,000
• a larger grant of £4,310 for those businesses with a RV over £51,001
• an upper limit of £21,000 in total will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises. Please note, a separate application is required for each qualifying premises
A Business Hardship Fund is available to support some businesses that remain open but are still significantly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close.
The Business Hardship Fund operates a two-tiered scheme:
• a smaller grant with payments of £1,440 for businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of under £51,000
• a larger grant of £2,155 for those businesses with a RV over £51,001
Business Grant Summary
Full list of latest grants from Scottish Government can be found here – SCC Business Hub
Summary Guide to UKGOV Winter Economy Measures – East Renfrewshire CC – Winter Economy Update
Roadmap to Recovery
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce have published a summary of the phased recovery plan across a range of sectors. Guidance includes business, family and friends, and shopping. The summary can be found here.
Business and physical distancing
Scottish Government’s business and physical distancing guidance. It provides further guidance for the construction sector to help businesses determine what constitutes ‘essential’ work that may be able to continue.
HR Support for Businesses
Scottish Chambers of Commerce have prepared a summary with HR Support for Businesses. This was added 8 April Coronavirus – HR Support For Businesses – ERCC
HSE guides for employers and the self-employed who work with or near other people. It explains generic measures that can be taken to help businesses work safe. HSEguidance isn’t compulsory and businesses are free to take other action. But if the guidance is followed, businesses will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Also, HSE and Local Authority inspectors seeking to secure compliance with the law may refer to this guidance during the pandemic.
- Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short guide
- Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus outbreak
Test and Protect: multi-sector guidance on collection of customer and visitor contact details – July 2020
You can download posters and guidance on test and protect here
BT Small Business Support Scheme
BT have launched a scheme to provide subsidies and enterprise support to SME’s. Details can be found via their website Small Business Support
Helpful Websites for Recovery Information
Scottish Government: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice
Business Gateway National: https://www.bgateway.com/resources/coronavirus-support
Business Gateway East Renfrewshire: https://www.bgateway.com/local-offices
Federation of Small Businesses: COVID-19: Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed
Scottish Chambers of Commerce: Business Advice & Guidance: Covid-19
ACAS – The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Advice for employers and employees
Local Business Organisations:
Clarkston Business Improvement District: I Love Clarkston
Barrhead Business Improvement District: All About Barrhead
Giffnock Business Improvement District: Giffnock Village