Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire and the Council are continuing to offer support to businesses and enterprises affected by the ongoing pandemic.
Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and e-mail enquiries, and would ask you make use of online links to access information (see below).
We are currently awaiting details from the Scottish Government on future business support schemes and these will be provided as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience and understanding in the meantime.
You can access additional advice and updates by visiting the local business support information hub - www.businessworks.scot
For information on funding sources and support for businesses, visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice and www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder
Contingency Fund Plus - Brewers Support Fund, Support for Travel Agents and Support for Indoor Football Centres
Three new funds to support businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic were announced by the Scottish Government on 27 January 2021.
The Council is contacting businesses who qualify - under the criteria set by the Scottish Government - for the Brewers Support Fund, Support for Travel Agents and Support for Indoor Football Centres in due course.
Visit https://www.gov.scot/news/more-financial-support-for-businesses/ for information.
East Dunbartonshire Council Discretionary Business Fund
The deadline for applications has now passed (5pm on Friday 26 March 2021).
The purpose of this fund was to provide a one-off grant of £4,000 to small and micro businesses - experiencing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations announced since October 2020 - that have been ineligible for other forms of Scottish Government business grant support introduced since October 2020.
Strategic Framework Business Fund
Please note, as mandated by the Scottish Government, the Strategic Framework Business Fund closed to new applications at 5pm on Monday 22 March 2021. You had to apply to the Strategic Framework Business Fund before 5 February 2021 to - potentially - be eligible for Top-Up Funding (see below).
As of 1 January 2021 there is no longer an upper limit on future payments for any eligible business operating multiple premises. Any further payments will be made automatically in alignment with the relevant Level.
The purpose of this grant - linked to Scotland’s Strategic Framework - is to provide (from 2 November 2020 onwards) support to specific businesses closed or directly impacted by law, in the form of:
- Business Temporary Closure Fund - a grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for businesses required to close by law, payable every four weeks in arrears for the duration protective measures are in place
- Business Restrictions Fund - a grant of £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value) for businesses that remain open, but are specifically required to modify their operations by protective measures, payable every four weeks in arrears for the duration measures are in place. This means that your business is legally required to close earlier than normal, for example, not that you have to adopt physical distancing or that the demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic or other restrictions which impact on individuals and communities.
Appealing a decision
If your application is rejected for any of the grant schemes the Council is administering, then you are able to appeal the decision. Please note however that eligibility criteria for individual grant schemes is set by Government and we have no discretion to amend.
The Council has been running an appeals process to support the many different COVID-19 business grant schemes. This process reviews the decision and application of grant criteria independently via the Internal Audit Service. Please note that if you do not meet the eligibility criteria your appeal will be unsuccessful.
If you wish to make an appeal you must do so by:
- E-mailing the Covid19BusinessSupport@eastdunbarton.gov.uk address - only once you have received a rejection. Appeals sent to other parts of the Council will not be registered nor processed.
- State in the e-mail subject heading: name of the grant scheme; name of your business; and the word 'Appeal'. If any of this information is missing, the Council cannot guarantee your appeal will be registered or processed. Please also state clearly the reason why you feel the original decision should be reviewed.
- Your appeal email will be acknowledged and you will be advised that an outcome will be provided within 10 working days. Officers will not be able to discuss your application with you when it is in appeal.
Please note, once the appeal outcome has been provided the matter will be closed.
If a decision is overturned you will be advised of this and any payment due will be paid.
If you wish to appeal the decision, you are requested to do this within 14 days of the rejection.
Scottish Government Hospitality Sector Top-Up Payment; Retail Sector Top-Up Payment; and Leisure Sector Top-Up Fund (FUND NOW CLOSED)
This financial support offered 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 applied for and were entitled to a Level 4 payment from the Strategic Framework Business Fund in January 2021.
To be considered for Top-Up Funding you had to apply to the Strategic Framework Business Fund before 5 February 2021. The Top-Up funding element is now closed and if you did not apply before 5 February you cannot be considered for it.
Large Self-Catering Fund
This fund will provide a one-off grant of £2,000 to Self-Catering Businesses who meet the Scottish Government eligibility criteria.
The fund is targeted at those premises which have seven or more bed spaces, as determined by Rates Assessor records, as they have been particularly impacted by the restrictions which initially limited usage of self-catering to no more than six people from two households and then to a single household.
To access this grant award, applicants must have a self-catering premises that was recorded by the Rates Assessor as accommodating seven or more guests (noting that sofa beds and cots are not counted in this calculation) on 1 January 2021 and must have been trading on 2 November 2020.
To apply please use the online form
Please note the Council will only process fully complete applications. You can expect an outcome within 20 working days from submitting a fully complete application. Where further information is required from you, the processing may take longer. It is not necessary to contact the Council within this period to check on the progress of your application.
Scottish Enterprise - green jobs calls
Scottish Enterprise has announced support for businesses to create new green jobs that contribute to improving the environment and achieving net-zero emissions.
The £4 million green jobs call is part of a three-year £27 million package of green funding targeted for its new call programme. It will open to applications on Tuesday 18 May 2021, with grants from £50,000 up to a maximum of £500,000 being awarded on a competitive basis.
The initiative is supported through the Scottish Government’s Green Jobs Fund. You can access more info, sign up to receive email updates and find out more about supporting webinars via the website.
Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
As per Scottish Government instructions, the fund closed to new applications on 25 March 2021.
The purpose of this fund was to provide a one-off grant payment of £1,500 to eligible licensed taxi or private hire car drivers.
Scottish Government Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax (B&Bs and Self-Caterers)
Please note as per Scottish Government fund rules, this scheme closed at 5pm on 22 March 2021.
The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to self-caterers, B&Bs, guesthouses and other small serviced accommodation businesses paying Council Tax which have not been able to access support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund as a result of not being registered for Non-Domestic Rates.
Successful applicants are eligible to receive the equivalent of the Strategic Framework Business Fund, backdated to January 2021. This represents £2,000 every four weeks whilst you remain in Level 4. Payment will be made on a per premises basis.
If you have been successful and receive the grant you can continue to accept key workers - please contact the Scottish Government for further information or guidance - https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/contact-us
Scottish Government - Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund and support for mobile and home-based close contact businesses and registered driving instructors
Grants were available from Scottish Government for mobile and home-based close contact service businesses – such as make-up artists and hairdressers – as well as registered driving instructors. In addition, the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, which paid out more than £11 million in vital support last year, also re-opened for a second round.
The deadline - set by the Scottish Government - was 23 March 2021 at 11.59pm.
SME Brexit Support Fund
Small and medium businesses can apply for a £2,000 grant from the UK Government to help them with new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU - visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/20-million-sme-brexit-support-fund-opens-for-applications
The grant can be used for training for customs, rules of origin and the VAT aspects of imports and exports, as well as seeking professional advice in these areas.
More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/grants-to-help-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-new-to-importing-or-exporting
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The UK Government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended. The fourth grant will cover February to April 2021, worth 80% of average trading profits up to £7,500. A fifth grant will be available from July 2021. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The UK Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
COVID-19 Public Transport Retrofit Fund
A fund aimed at supporting public transport operators during the coronavirus pandemic is available. The COVID-19 Public Transport Retrofit Fund is part of the larger COVID-19 Public Transport Mitigation Fund, announced by Transport Scotland.
The fund supports the installation of measures needed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on vehicles, and aims to improve capacity and increase public confidence.
Bus, community transport, taxi and private hire operators are eligible. Visit https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/grants-and-loans/covid-19-public-transport-retrofit-fund/
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 www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19
Bounce Back Loans
The UK Government's Bounce Back Loans scheme can provide loans of up to £50,000. Visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/sources-of-funding
The Future Fund Portal is open for applications, providing convertible loans - ranging from £125,000 to £5 million - to innovative UK companies, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. Visit www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/future-fund/
Business Gateway workshops
For the time being, Business Gateway (BG) East Dunbartonshire workshops will be run remotely.
Visit https://www.bgateway.com/events?region=east-dunbartonshire&keyword for more information.
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 www.businessworks.scot or www.bgateway.com/local-offices/east-dunbartonshire/local-support, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can call Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire on 0141 578 8530.
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:
- email@example.com - hospitality businesses
- firstname.lastname@example.org - non-hospitality businesses
Alternatively, you can call 0300 1234510.