Business support during the coronavirus emergency

Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire and the Council are continuing to offer support to businesses and enterprises affected by the ongoing pandemic.

You can access additional advice and updates by visiting the local business support information hub [opens in a new window]

For information on funding sources and support for businesses, visit Find Business Support [opens in a new window] and the UK Government's support finder [opens in a new window]

For relevant information on grants available please see below:

Support for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers and Operators

The deadline for applications for the latest support was 25 March 2022.

Guide for Home Businesses

East Dunbartonshire Economic Partnership (EDEP) has produced A Guide for Home Businesses, containing useful information and links to further guidance for local entrepreneurs and anyone thinking about starting a business from home. The production of this Guide fulfils Action 21 of East Dunbartonshire’s Economic Development Strategy. The aim is to make it easier for home business owners, or those looking to start a new home-based business, to access the information they may need.

The Guide also offers potential business owners details of regulations that they need to comply with and can help them get in touch with the relevant Council services.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The UK Government has a scheme for small and medium sized employers - with fewer than 250 employees - to recover Statutory Sick Pay payments made to employees.

Employers seeking more information on the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme - covering eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020 - can visit the Statutory Sick Pay webpage [opens in a new window]

Business Gateway workshops

Business Gateway (BG) East Dunbartonshire workshops are currently being run remotely. Visit the East Dunbartonshire webpage [opens in a new window].

In addition, one-to-one BG meetings can be held over the phone, FaceTime, Skype, Cisco Webex and Zoom.

All BG East Dunbartonshire networking groups - ED-Net, ED-Netday and East Dunbartonshire Women in Business - are now being delivered remotely.

For more information, visit Business Works Scotland [opens in a new window] or Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire [opens in a new window]e-mail or check out Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can call Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire on 0141 578 8530.

* The Scottish Business Resilience Centre is also organising online webinar events. Follow its latest news on Twitter or get in touch via the website [opens in a new window]

Environmental Health and Trading Standards Guidance

Environmental Health and Trading Standards colleagues are happy to discuss current guidelines with business owners based in the area. The contact details are:

Alternatively, you can call 0300 1234510.

Previous funding schemes (now closed)

  • The Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Operator Support Fund 2021-22
  • SME Brexit Support Fund
  • Contingency Fund Plus - Brewers Support Fund, Support for Travel Agents and Support for Indoor Football Centres
  • East Dunbartonshire Council Discretionary Business Fund
  • Strategic Framework Business Fund
  • The Scottish Government Hospitality Sector Top-Up Payment, Retail Sector Top-Up Payment and Leisure Sector Top-Up Fund 
  • Large Self-Catering Fund 
  • Scottish Enterprise - green jobs calls
  • Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
  • Scottish Government Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax (B&Bs and Self-Caterers)
  • Scottish Government - Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund and support for mobile and home-based close contact businesses and registered driving instructors
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • COVID-19 Public Transport Retrofit Fund
  • Future Fund
  • Public House Table Service Restrictions Fund
  • Close Contact Services Fund
  • December/January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality
  • January Business Support Top Up - Leisure
  • Business Ventilation Fund