Summary of Covid-19 Scottish Government Business Support Measures

Covid-19 Business Support summary

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update 

New guidance on the above scheme has been published. In a move that could save businesses an extra £300 a month for each employee under the scheme, the government will now cover the employer national insurance and minimum auto-enrolment pension scheme contributions employers pay on the wages they must pay their furloughed staff – on top of the wages covered under the scheme.  Those furloughed can volunteer for the NHS without risking their pay.  Guidance for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be found here whilst guidance for employees can be found here.

Sector Information

The Scottish Government have released guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including a list sectors and exclusions for closures of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak: Click here https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-business-and-social-distancing-guidance/

Coronavirus Business Support Fund Application

The form, for a small business support grant of £10,000 and One-off grant of £25,000. is now LIVE at East Renfrewshire Council’s website, under the Business Support Section here:  https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Financial Support Summary

A summary of the financial support schemes available for business, including details of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and how to access it, and information on the Job Retention Scheme are available via this link. This was updated on 27 March at 2.30pm  Please click on this link –  Coronavirus – Financial Support Schemes For Businesses – East Ren CC – Updated 27.03

Full Summary of all Measures

The attached list contains the full list of the Scottish Government’s business support measures for businesses impacted by Covid-19. We will update it as and when we receive further information. The list was updated 30th March 2020. Click here to download the list.Latest Summary

Key Website Pages specific to Covid-19 Business Support:

UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

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