Information about the Strategic Framework Business Fund and how to apply.
New restrictions for businesses
From 6pm on Friday 20 November East Renfrewshire moved from level 3 to level 4 Covid-19 protective measures.
This means more types of business will be required to close. It's essential that you familiarise yourself with whether your business must close or operate in a restricted fashion.
Here are the Scottish Government's level 4 rules that you'll be required to adhere to from 6pm on Friday 20 November: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-4/
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 can apply for a grant for each premise which is eligible. The business must give details of all the properties for which it's applying for a grant and clearly indicate which property is the headquarters in the application form.
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
- Homeware, building supplies and hardware stores
- 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
- Garden centres or plant nurseries
- 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.