COVID-19 Business News Updates

Please note that this article contains attachments at the end. 

I appreciate that many of you are facing challenging circumstances and please bear with me as I endeavour to update at each opportunity - I understand that this may appear repetitive. 

If any of you are employers or employees have specific issues and concerns, please email me with as much detail as possible on your specific situation if you have not done so already at 

I appreciate that Government advice and commitments are still at a very high level and that many business and employees have very precise and specific concerns. The UK and Scottish Governments have been working constructively and are committed to getting as much information and assistance out as rapidly and effectively as it can.

As Scotland enters Phase 3 of the route map for moving out of lockdown, measures remain in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus, including restrictions on business operations as per the Chief Medical Officer's advice. To view the latest guidance click here.

To view the latest Scottish Government guidance for businesses please click here

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is now open for applications. Please click here for more details on how to apply.  

UK Government Bounce Back Loans for eligible small and medium businesses is accepting applications until November 4th 2020. Click here to start an application. 

If you are aged between 16 and 24, you may soon be able to find a new job thanks to the UK Government Kickstarter Scheme. The UK Government is asking businesses to offer 6-month work placements to out of work young people and in return the UK Government will pay their salaries and national insurance contributions. The scheme will open for applications in August, with the first jobs expected to start in the autumn. Further details are due to be announced.

If you were furloughed, your employer will be eligible for a £1,000 bonus from the UK Government to keep you in work. Employers will be eligible for £1,000 for every furloughed staff member who is kept in employment through to January 2021 Payments will be made from February 2021, and further details will be announced later in July.

Restaurants can now register for the UK Government's 'Eat Out to Help Out Scheme' which offers a discount to diners throughout August 2020 to encourage them to eat at your establishment. Click here for further details on eligibility and how to apply. 

A hotline has also been set up to support businesses affected. Please call 0300 303 0660 and select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team. 

To view the latest guidance on how to access support in Scotland if you have been affected by COVID-19, please click on the attachment below. 

Please note that this information is accurate as of 8 July 2020 and may be subject to further updates as the situation develops. 



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