Support for Business in Scotland: #COVID-19 #Coronavirus

Businesses in Scotland are able to apply for a one off grant. This is in addition to the tax relief measures already announced in order to support them during the COVID-19 crisis.

All non-domestic properties in Scotland will get a 1.6% rates relief.

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will get 100% rates relief.

Two types of grant are now available to ratepayers:

• a one-off £10,000 grant to ratepayers of small businesses

• a one-off grant of £25,000 available to retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 and £50,999

For Orkney applications for the Business Grants:CORONAVIRUS Fund – Application Form

OIC information here: Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Information for businesses

Information can be found here: Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19)

To help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has made changes to non-domestic rates (business rates) for 2020-21.

The Scottish Government has introduced extra rates reliefs (discounts). It has also introduced a one-off grant for some businesses.

These reliefs will be available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

It will be possible to apply for the grants from 24 March 2020 and they will be available to 31 March 2021.


Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £50,999 will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.

A one-off grant of £10,000 will also be available to small businesses who get:

You can also get this grant if you applied for Nursery ReliefBusiness Growth Accelerator Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Businesses who can apply for the one off grant  include:

  • amusements
  • animal welfares
  • arts centres
  • auction marts
  • bakeries
  • bed & breakfast accommodation
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • bowling clubs
  • cafes
  • camping sites
  • car washes
  • caravan sites
  • chalets
  • cinemas
  • clinics
  • clubs
  • cricket clubs
  • depots
  • entertainment centres
  • exhibition venues
  • football grounds
  • funeral parlours
  • galleries
  • gardens
  • garden centres
  • golf clubs
  • golf driving ranges
  • guest houses
  • halls
  • harbours
  • hostels
  • hotels
  • ice rinks
  • kiosks
  • laundries
  • leisure centres
  • markets
  • military facilities
  • museums
  • offices
  • outdoor centres
  • parks
  • petrol filling stations
  • play centres
  • playing fields
  • post offices
  • public houses
  • race tracks
  • racecourses
  • recreation grounds
  • restaurants
  • retail warehouses
  • riding schools
  • sailing clubs
  • shooting ranges
  • shops
  • show homes
  • showrooms
  • ski clubs
  • snack bars
  • snooker clubs
  • sports centres
  • sports grounds
  • squash clubs
  • stables
  • stadiums
  • swimming pools
  • tennis clubs
  • theatres
  • visitor centres
  • warehouses
  • workshops
  • youth hostels

Water Bills

A package of measures worth £60 million has been agreed between the Scottish Government and the water industry to help businesses facing difficulties with water charges. This is with immediate effect.

Business Helpline

The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.



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