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Coronavirus Advice for Businesses

We appreciate that we are all experiencing very challenging and uncertain times as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to outline the support being offered to Fife Businesses.

As you can imagine, things are developing rapidly and this page will be updated regularly with the latest announcements and support packages.  You can also sign up to our enewsletter to receive updates into your inbox.

Meantime, you can access the following resources which will provide full information on the packages available, the measures being taken and general advice to businesses regarding the Coronavirus.

 Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund Now Available

The government has announced a new support package designed to support newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes. The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund offers non-repayable hardship relief grant payments of £2,000. Find out more and apply online now 

 Government  Backed Bounce Back Loans Now Available

The government has announced that it will be launching its Small Business Bounce Back Loans which will enable businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. The loans will be interest free for the first 12 months and the government has said that businesses will be able to appy through a short and simple online form.  Look out for full details coming soon

Access over 400 Webinars to Support Your Business During the Coronavirus

Business Gateway is one of Scotland's leading providers of workshops and seminars and has now launched an extensive range of webinars and online tutorials to help you navigate your way through the Coronavirus situation. From finances to digital marketing and from HR to government funding, you can access the information from wherever you are. Click here to find out more.  

COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme 

To support those who are self-employed (or a member of a partnership) and adversly affected by COVID-19, the Government announced on 26 March 2020 a Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

The scheme will allow those who are eligible to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over last 3 years (maximum of £2,500 per month) for the next 3 months. The government may extend this if required.

HMRC will use existing information to contact those eligible directly and will invite applications however, there is no need to contact HMRC currently as the scheme is not yet open for applications.

Find out more

Small Business Support Grant -
APPLICATIONS NOW LIVE (closes 31st March 2021)

Grant support is now available to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19.  The purpose of these one-off grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.  Two types of grant are available to ratepayers. 

Find out more and how to apply

Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has opened for applications. It supports term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and more. It can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.

Check out the details

Job Retention Scheme

Employers (with a PAYE scheme) are being offered support to help avoid laying off staff during this crisis, through the Job Retention Scheme which will enable them to continue paying part of their employees’ salary.

HMRC will reimburse 80% of wages (up to £2,500 per month) for those employees who have been asked to stop working, but remain on the pay roll - defined as ‘furloughed workers’. The Scheme will cover the cost of wages backdated to 1 March and is initially open for 3 months.

Employers will need to take the relevant steps to designate furloughed workers and will be able to make a claim for the money once HMRC's new system is available (they aim to have this ready by the end of April 2020).
Check out the details

 COVID-19 Support for Creative Sector

To help support the country's creative industries against the impact of COVID-19, Creative Scotland have launched 3 funding programmes

  1. A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund 
  2. Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund 
  3. Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development - aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances.

Find out more and how to apply

Business Gateway Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice Page

Business Gateway has launched a dedicated page with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus.

Check it out now with a page of Official Guidance for Business Owners in Scotland

Government Support Packages for Businesses

The government has launched a series of support packages for businesses including business grant funding, Statutory Sick Pay and advice on Business Rates.

Check it out now

Scottish Government Business Advice Page

The Scottish Government has created a resource for businesses which will be updated in due course with information on sources of finance, business continuity as well as business rates and tax.

Check it out now

Government Guidance for Employers

A fantastic resource with information on what you should be doing as an employer and what to do if an employee is off work.

Check it out now

ACAS – Coronavirus Advice Page

ACAS are updating this page daily with advice and best practice on communicating with staff and how to ensure you are communicating with them effectively.

Check it out now

If you are looking for further information, the Scottish Government has also launched a helpline on 0300 303 0660 to help businesses.