Over £10 million worth of grants paid out to local businesses

Thursday, 21 May, 2020

Vital grants worth more than £10 million have now been paid out to East Dunbartonshire businesses to help support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.Joint Council leaders

The Council and Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire continue to receive applications, calls and queries from a wide range of local firms and enterprises.

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by the Council and - as of 19 May 2020 - 1,089 applications had been received for a Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

More than £10.1 million worth of grants had been paid as of 19 May 2020 - including 829 Small Business Grants, totalling over £8.23 million, and 77 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants - more than £1.89 million.

There have also been 89 applications to the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, with a total of £98,000 in grants issued (as of 19 May 2020).

For more information on business support available, including the latest initiatives and updates, visit the Council's dedicated webpage - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-business-support

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, said, "This is a remarkable achievement during an incredibly challenging time. Well done to all involved for their hard work to turn around such a huge number of applications in such a short duration."

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "I'm very proud of our work to support local firms, entrepreneurs and enterprises - who form the foundations of the East Dunbartonshire economy. We will do all we can to continue that support - working to protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery when the time is right."business suppport covid 19 poster

Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-business-support for the latest information, including details of initiatives such as:

  • Business Support Fund - including Small Business Support Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant (multiple properties now covered)
  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
  • Emergency loan fund for SME housebuilders
  • Bounce Back Loans
  • Innovate UK Coronavirus Business Support Package
  • Future Fund.

You can also visit www.businessworks.scot, e-mail Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141 578 8530.

Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire is continuing to offer advice and support via online workshops and networking groups, as well as one-to-one 'remote' meetings.

For additional information on potential funding sources, visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice and www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

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