Strategic Framework Business Fund

Information about the Strategic Framework Business Fund and how to apply.

Following an update to the Strategic Framework legislation on 26 December 2020, the following are now eligible for support under Level 4 restrictions:

  • a tanning salon or premises which operates a self-tanning machine or a spray-tan booth
  • a travel agency
  • premises laid out as a showroom to demonstrate products for installation in residential property, such as kitchen, bathroom, furniture or glazing showrooms
  • garden centre and plant nurseries  
  • homewares stores which are not suppliers of products and tools used in building work and repairs

Please note, the Strategic Framework hasn't fundamentally changed and the following aren't in scope for this programme:

  • Professional services including law firms, accountants and so on
  • Motor vehicle repairs
  • Early years education such as. nurseries
  • Consultancy services including IT and marketing
  • Mobile close contact services

A full list of eligible businesses can be found at

If you've applied to the Strategic Framework Business Fund since November 2020 and your business has got a payment, you aren't required to re-apply again for this top-up payment.

Please note, any Strategic Business Framework Fund applications received after 5 February 2021 won't be eligible for the top up grant.

The Scottish Government have provided confirmation of one-off additional support for:

  • the hospitality sector, initially announced by the Scottish Government on 21 December 2020 - to be referred to, as needed, as the 'Hospitality Sector Top-Up Payment'
  • the retail sector, initially announced on 27 December 2020 - to be referred to, as needed, as the 'Retail Sector Top-Up Payment'
  • the leisure sector, announced on 11 January 2021 - to be referred to as the 'Leisure Sector Top Up Fund'

This financial support will offer one-off additional grant support for eligible businesses closed and therefore directly impacted by protective measures from 26 December 2020 at Level 4 of the Strategic Framework, subject to the core requirement that they've applied for and entitled to a Level 4 payment from the Strategic Framework Business Fund due on 25 January 2021. 

For hospitality businesses this gives:

  • a one-off grant of £25,000 for all hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or more
  • a one-off grant of £6,000 for hospitality and hotel businesses with a rateable value of up to and including £51,000

Please note, this payment will be made per eligible premises, with no limit on the number of premises that a business has. Self-catering and B&B premises aren't in scope and won't receive that hospitality top up.

For retail and leisure businesses, which include indoor gyms and equivalents, this provides:

  • a one-off grant of £9,000 for all relevant businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or more
  • a one-off grant of £6,000 for relevant businesses with a rateable value of up to and including £51,000

Please note, this payment will be made per eligible premises, with no limit on the number of premises that a business has.

Strategic Framework Business Hardship Fund

Businesses required to close by law due to the ongoing Covid-19 protective measures may be eligible to apply to the following Scottish Government fund:

  • Business Temporary Closure Fund - a grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for businesses required to close by law.

This fund will be payable every 4 weeks in arrears for the duration measures are in place and your business is required by law to close.

Where a business operates multiple premises it must apply for each premises separately and to each local authority the premise is located within.

An upper limit of £15,000 applies to businesses operating multiple premises.

To see if you're eligible read the Strategic Framework Business Fund page on the Scottish Government Website.

Please note, mobile close contact services such as hair/beauty, photography, tattooing and tailoring who don't have premises but offer mobile service will be supported but not by this fund. More information on this will be published separately by the Scottish Government. 

The eligible sectors for this fund (which have been determined by the Scottish Government) are:

  • Hospitality - restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars sports/social clubs
  • Leisure and entertainment - cinemas, arcades, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, concert halls, sport stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs
  • Sport and exercise - indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios
  • Accommodations - hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites
  • Close contact services (not Mobile) - hairdressers, beauticians, tailors
  • Visitor attractions
  • Non-essential retail (exclusions apply)

The following retailers aren't eligible for this fund:

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops
  • Off licences and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
  • Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Petrol stations
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate a currency exchange office, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody services, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • Veterinary surgeons and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops and agricultural markets
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business which would otherwise need to close
  • Public toilets
  • Livestock markets or auctions
  • Outdoor markets
  • Outdoor car lots or car parks

Please note, if your business type isn't part of the above then these grants and restrictions may not apply to you.

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Last modified on 4th February 2021

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