“The emotive wording of some responses expressed the pressures people were under to cope with the crisis on a personal and professional level”
There is now a range of funding support for businesses in Orkney and Scotland.
“In order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.”
From funding, training and advice to exploring new markets and fresh ways of working.
Orkney Islands Council has established an initial £5m fund to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is vital that the Scottish Government now listen to the concerns of people, communities and businesses across this region and finally commit to reversing these cuts”
A new Skill Matching Service (SMS) scheme has been introduced by Lantra Scotland, a charity supported by the Scottish Government, to match rural businesses with potential employees and volunteers during the response to COVID-19.
Employers have a duty of care for their employees and this includes ensuring they have equipment that is safe to use if they are being expected to work from home.
A total of 381 applications has been received by the OIC finance team since the scheme opened on March 24 – 311 small business grants; 41 retail grants and 29 which are still to be classified.
The council is administering the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.