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COVID–19 Business Hub

Please find available resources COVID-19 related information and support on this page.

If you can't find what you are looking for or have any queries, please do get in touch and we will do whatever we can to help.

Please also see:

  • Our B2B Support Page for a bank of valuable information and business support available from our members and partners.


This update from the Scottish Government directs businesses to the most up to date information on COVID-19 as we move forward with our economic response.

The Find Business Support website has information on all the support available to businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions. We would encourage businesses to check the website for more information on what support they are eligible for and how they can apply.

The UK has now left the European Union, this update will highlight developments around Brexit that will be of particular interest to businesses.

For the most up-to-date Brexit advice and support visit the Prepare for Brexit website.

In a statement to Parliament today, the First Minister gave details of the updated Strategic Framework and set out initial priorities and an indicative timeframe for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions.  Further details on the plans will be published in mid-March.

The First Minister said, while lockdown measures have had a positive impact, suppression of the virus is still heavily reliant on restrictions due to high transmissibility and case numbers. However, it is hoped that vaccination will become the main tool for suppressing the virus once the vast majority of the adult population has received at least one dose.

The Framework sets out:

  • a progressive easing of the current level 4 restrictions that apply across most of Scotland at intervals of at least 3 weeks - along with changes nationally on education and care home visiting - with the immediate priority being the continued return of schools. The first easing started yesterday with the partial return of schools.
  • A move – subject to the data allowing it - fully back to a levels system from the last week in April, when it would be expected to see phased but significant re-opening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers. More detail will be set out in mid-March on the indicators that will guide decisions on levels, as well as on any revision to the content of each level - taking account of experience and sectoral views - and the order in which we expect those parts of the economy that have been restricted to start reopening.
  • Ongoing financial support, which is set out in the Framework, continuing to be available to businesses. This includes the ongoing commitment to fund the Strategic Framework Business Fund and to provide Level 4 payments for an additional month once businesses are moved down a level. These proposals are contingent on receipt of additional consequentials from the UK Government.

Further Information

Link to today’s news release https://www.gov.scot/news/gradually-easing-lockdown-restrictions/

Link to First Minister’s statement https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-statement-23-february-2021/
Read the updated Strategic Framework  https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-strategic-framework-update-february-2021/

The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework is now operational, you can find out exactly which coronavirus lockdown restrictions apply to you by using the Scottish Government's postcode checker.

Safer workplace guidance is released on a sectoral basis and can be found here.  

Grants are available for businesses that are required by law to close or to significantly change operations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out who is eligible and how to apply here.

The NHS Inform coronavirus webpage is the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information.

Scotland’s Strategic Framework Update

(February 23rd 2021)

View here.



New Restrictions Monday 4th January 2021MONDAY 4TH JANUARY 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance

Published: 4 Jan 2021

Guidance on new stay at home regulations coming into effect on 5 January 2021.

  • Published:
  • 4 Jan 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance

Stay at Home

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible.  By law, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.

There is a list of examples of reasonable excuses below.  Although you can leave home for these purposes, you should stay as close to home as possible.  Shop on-line or use local shops and services wherever you can.   Travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way.  To minimise the risk of spread of Coronavirus it is crucial that we all avoid unnecessary travel.

Examples of reasonable excuses to go out: READ MORE/SEE FULL ARTICLE



The new Covid Protection Levels Campaign – Level 4 Restrictions will run from 26th December to 10th January. This campaign informs the public that mainland Scotland will be in Level 4 from Boxing Day, and what it means in their area.  The Protection Levels campaign will run on TV, video on demand, radio, digital, PPC and out of home, and includes the new end line: Stay home. Stop the spread. Save lives.


For up to date information on the Covid Protection levels guidance go to www.gov.scot. You can also refer to summary guidance below:


Tougher Guidance Issued for Christmas in Scotland

The Scottish government is to toughen its Christmas guidance, with people being urged to not stay overnight in another house unless it is unavoidable.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the safest way to spend Christmas was "unequivocally" to stay within your own household and your own home.
And she said any interaction with other households should ideally be outdoors.
But those who feel it is essential to visit another household indoors should limit the time they spend together.
The new strengthened guidance will be published by the Scottish government later on Wednesday.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the four UK nations had "unanimously" agreed to keep relaxed Christmas Covid rules in place between 23 and 27 December.
Ms Sturgeon told her daily coronavirus briefing that the Scottish government would also be issuing strengthened guidance.
However, the current limit on no more than eight people from three households meeting indoors in Scotland will remain in place, with Ms Sturgeon saying it would not be fair or realistic at this stage to remove that flexibility.
She said rates of the virus were currently lower in Scotland than other parts of the UK, but warned against complacency.

  • The first minister said her government's latest advice was to:
  • Spend Christmas in your own home and with your own household
  • Meet other households outdoors if possible
  • Only meet indoors with another household if it is essential
  • Limit the duration and number of people in any indoor meetings as much as possible
  • If you do form a bubble, only meet people in it for one day, if possible
  • Do not stay overnight in another home unless it is unavoidable

The first minister went on to say that the Scottish government recommends against travel from areas with a high prevalence of coronavirus to parts of the country with a lower prevalence.



Business Support Round Up Summary


Please see attached latest support round up – this is likely to be the last one this year.
Main highlights are:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021
  • Reference to a review in January has been removed with the government committing to continue to pay up to 80% of the salary of employees for hours not worked until the end of April, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
  • Claims for furlough days in December 2020 must be submitted by 14 January 2021

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

  • The Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021

Pivotal Event Businesses Fund

  • This £6 million fund provides grants from £25,000 up to a maximum of £150,000
  • The fund is open to event businesses whose primary role as organisers, suppliers, contractors and venues is critical to the survival of the events sector in Scotland, and upon whom the wider events industry and supply chain are most reliant for their own business and operations.
  • Eligible businesses should submit an Expression of Interest form via the VisitScotland website by 5pm Tuesday 22 December.
  • You must complete and submit an Expression of Interest form to be able to be invited to submit a full application.

Coronavirus Business Contingency Fund: Phase 1

  • This fund has been removed from the summary document.
  • Any outstanding documentation for the Contingency Fund should have been submitted to your local authority by Sunday 13 December.
  • Any appeals to decisions, including any relevant documentation, should be submitted by close on Sunday 10 January 2021 to your local authority.
  • See the Strategic Framework Fund to find out what support is available to businesses in Scotland affected by Covid-19 restrictions from 2 November.

Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund

  • Applications to the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund have now closed.
  • This scheme has been removed from the summary document.
  • An assessment panel is working through all applications received and will respond to applicants in due course.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

  • The online application portal will close to applicants at midday on 18 December 2020 and will reopen at midday on 5 January 2021.

Culture Collective Fund

  • Applications to the Culture Collective Fund have now closed. This fund has been removed from the summary document.

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)

  • The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021

Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

  • Foundation Scotland has paused new applications until 11th January, 2021.
  • The fund is not closed, Foundation Scotland are giving their team time to catch up on current volumes before taking a break over the festive period.
  • If you have an application already in progress, this can still be accessed and submitted during this time. Decision making will resume in the new year.



Brexit Business Readiness - Top 10 Actions

from Scottish Enterprise

Time is running out – is your business prepared? New rules for businesses take effect following the end of the EU Transition Period on 1st January 2021. This checklist summarises the key actions businesses should take now if they haven’t already done so.
Regardless of whether an EU/UK trade deal is agreed there will be significant changes. These will affect most businesses in Scotland, whether or not they trade with the EU.
Many of the key changes that businesses need to make are already known. For those changes that depend on the outcome of the EU/UK negotiations, including trade tariffs, businesses should plan on the basis of a deal not being agreed.
Further information, advice and support is available on www.PrepareforBrexit.scot, the go-to site for
Scotland’s business readiness.

1.Brexit transition planning

Use GOV.UK's transition period checker to identify the key changes affecting your business. Consider both the strategic and tactical implications of Brexit for your operations, now and in the future. Involve relevant staff to review the potential changes needed across all areas of the business. How can you access the right skills and talent? Are there new competitive opportunities you can explore - e.g. new markets, strategic alliances, distributors or suppliers?

2.Trading with the EU

Get support, including recruitment and training grants, to help you to submit the necessary customs declarations. The process for importing and exporting goods from the EU will change from 1 January 2021. Traders need to make arrangements to submit customs declarations once the UK leaves the single market and customs union. Most businesses choose to hire a person or business to help with importing and exporting, such as a customs agent, freight forwarder or authorised Chamber of Commerce, and early conversations with customs intermediaries are advised.
Register with the free Trader Support Service if you trade with Northern Ireland. The Trader Support Service will guide you through the changes for goods movements between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and can also complete declarations on your behalf.

3.Trading with third countries

Check if the UK has negotiated a trade agreement with the non-EU countries you will be trading with. Find out about trade continuity agreements the UK has signed and agreements that are still under discussion. Be aware that the terms of trade covered by certain EU trade agreements adopted by the UK (such as with Switzerland) may have changed.

4.Supply chain and customers

Speak to your existing customers and suppliers to check that both you and they are Brexit-ready. Identify if changes to supply chains are needed to meet new UK rules of origin requirements in the event of a no-deal outcome, and consider identifying alternative suppliers to help reduce risks to your business. Showing that you are actively managing any risks and opportunities will increase confidence among your customers and suppliers.


5.Financial management

Stress-test your business so you can anticipate and adapt to changing costs. From staff recruitment to customs documentation and potential tariffs in the event of a no-deal outcome, additional Brexit-related costs could affect businesses across supply chains. Carry out cashflow projections and speak to your bank initially should you need flexibility for existing borrowing and any new borrowing requirements.

6.People, workforce and skills

Register as a licensed sponsor if you are likely to recruit staff from outside the UK. The right of free movement for UK and EU citizens to live, work and study in respective territories is ending and the UK is introducing a points-based immigration system. From 1 January 2021 businesses recruiting staff from outside the UK, excluding Irish citizens, need to apply for permission first and then register as a licensed sponsor. This normally takes eight weeks and fees apply. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens you already employ can continue to live and work in the UK by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021.

7.Sector-related regulatory changes

Identify any regulatory changes for your products or service. These include export health certificates for the food sector, REACH for the chemicals and other manufacturing sectors and regulations for medical devices and clinical trials for the life science sector. Speak to your trade body for specialist advice.
Get your qualifications recognised now by EU regulators so that you can practise or service clients in the EU. Businesses or professionals providing services in the EU or EFTA region will need to have UK professional qualifications officially recognised by the appropriate regulator for their profession in each country where they intend to work. This applies even for providing short-term or occasional professional services. If you do not do this, you may be unable to continue to practice or service clients in the EU from 1 January 2020. There are different rules if you are a lawyer or an auditor.

8.Product and other operational regulations

Make sure you take steps to change product labelling. The CE mark is being replaced by the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain. There is a grace period for most products when the CE mark can still be used until 1 January 2022. Goods sold in the Northern Irish market will also require the CE marking or UK(NI) mark. Products currently requiring a CE mark will still need a CE mark for sale in the EU. The UKCA mark will be not recognised on the EU market. Arrangements for labelling food-related products will change following the transition period.

9.Data, IP and legal contracts

Businesses and organisations that receive personal or customer data from the EU/EEA may need to ensure compliance with data protection from 1 January 2021. This includes customer information from an EU/EEA company, such as names and addresses of customers, suppliers and partners. If the EU grants the UK a positive data adequacy decision, the free flow of personal data will continue uninterrupted.
However, to manage the risk that the UK’s data adequacy is not granted businesses and organisations should insert new standard contractual clauses into contracts to continue to legally receive personal data from the EU/EEA. Transfers of personal data from the UK to EU/EEA will not be affected.

10.Business travel in the EU

Know the rules for working in EU countries after 1 January 2021. If you travel to the EU for work purposes you may need a visa or work permit, or additional documents depending on your business activities. You should also check your passport remains valid for at least six months. This applies to anyone travelling to the EU for work purposes, for example, professional and business services, manufacturing, charities or the arts.
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Monday 16th November Perthshire Chamber - You Asked and We Delivered November 2020

Pleased to relase Perthshire Chamber's updated iteration of SCC Network’s ‘You Asked We Delivered – Part 2’ publication showcasing the breadth of business representation we have undertaken and the results we have achieved as a Network on behalf of our collective business membership.

Never before has our role been more critical in its ability to speak on behalf of our membership and actively influence Governments at the highest levels to ensure policy supports our businesses, communities and the economy. Our Network has achieved an immense amount on behalf of our members but we know there is more to do and we will keep our foot on the gas.




Tuesday 10th November 2020 - Perth and Kinross into Tier Three from Friday 13th Nov 2020LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATES, QUICK LINKS, GUIDES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

The First Minister has today outlined the outcomes of the first review of the Scottish Government Strategic Framework to the Scottish Parliament.

Below is a snap summary of the latest developments:

  • Highland, Moray, The Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland will remain in Level 1 of restrictions
  • From Friday, residents of the three island authorities will be able to meet with one other household inside their homes - up to a strict maximum of six people


  • Fife, Perthshire & Kinross and Angus will be going up from Level 2 restrictions to Level restrictions from this Friday
    • All other local authority areas currently at Level 2 restrictions will remain at Level 2, as the Scottish Government say that there is no evidence of a sufficient drop off in cases yet


  • No local authority will move to level 4 this week
    • But the Scottish Government says there are a number of areas that are giving some cause for concern and they will be monitoring these particularly closely over the next few days


  • The travel guidance remains for people not to travel out within a Level 3 council area or into a Level 3 council area, unless for essential purposes. General guidance also remains for people not to travel outside of Scotland


Details on the updated protection levels can be found here

Scottish Government’s Press Release here

The latest travel guidance is here.


Thursday 5th November - Furlough Scheme Extended until March 2021

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak, has just announced in the past hour that the UK Government Job Retention Scheme will be extended to the end of March 2021. Please see attached a factsheet from the Treasury that provides further details and a snap summary below.

  • This extension will apply to ALL areas of all the UK, with government paying up to 80% of usual wages for hours not worked up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
  • Employers will continue to contribute towards pension and national insurance costs.
  • The policy will be reviewed in January, to access if economic circumstances mean that employers could contribute more towards these costs.
  • Job Retention Bonus not be paid in February, will be replaced by something similar in January by another form of retention incentive.
  • This will be available to the devolved nations to access

Employer flexibility: Businesses will have flexibility to use the scheme for employees for any amount of time and shift pattern, including furloughing them full-time.
Employer contribution: There will be NO employer contribution to wages for hours not worked. Employers will only be asked to cover National Insurance and Employer pension contributions for hours not worked. For an average claim, this accounts for just 5% of total employment costs or £70 per employee per month.
Payment: The extended CJRS will operate as the previous Scheme did, with businesses being able to claim either shortly before, during or after running payroll. Claims can be made from 8am Wednesday 11 November. Claims made for November must be submitted to HMRC by no-later than 14 December 2020. Claims relating to each subsequent month should be submitted by day 14 of the following month, to ensure prompt claims following the end of the month which is the subject of the claim.
Employee eligibility: Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously claimed or have been claimed for under CJRS to make a claim under the extended CJRS (if other eligibility criteria are met). An employer can claim for employees who were employed and on their PAYE payroll on 30 October 2020. The employer must have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee.
Employees that are re-employed: Employees that were employed and on the payroll on 23 September 2020 (the day before the Job Support Scheme announcement) who were made redundant or stopped working afterwards can be re-employed and claimed for. The employer must have made an RTI submission to HMRC from 20 March 2020 to 23 September 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for those employees.
Guidance: HMRC will publish details of employers who make claims from December onwards under the extended scheme. Full details of this will be within the detailed guidance to be published next week.
Job Retention Bonus (JRB): The JRB will not be paid in February and UKGOV will redeploy a retention incentive at the appropriate time. The purpose of the JRB was to encourage employers to keep people in work until the end of January. However, as the CJRS is being extended to the end of March, the policy intent of the JRB falls away.
Help for the self-employed: Today, the UK Government is announcing that they are increasing the overall level of the grant to 80% of trading profits covering November to January for all parts of the UK. There is to be a fourth SEISS grant covering February to April, further details on that are expected to be published soon.
*Extension of CJRS, SEISS grants, loans and mortgage holidays are all UK-wide.


23rd October 2020

The Scottish Government have now published their draft strategic framework for a tiered approach to lockdown restrictions, alongside information on business support to help businesses affected by current restrictions.

The Draft Strategic Framework will be debated at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 27th Oct. If passed (highly likely), it will come into force on 2nd November.

Key aspects of the framework, including detail behind the tiers and the four harms framework are shown below as well as a link to the full framework.

Initial summary

  • Moving to a strategic approach to outbreak management based on five levels of protection. The document aims to provide a more transparent and understandable framework for managing outbreaks and allow rapid but proportionate responses to be taken – locally or nationally – using a range of measures and options.
  • The framework aims to give the capacity to respond on a national basis if required, but also to avoid a ‘one size fits all’ approach if it is not: one part of the country with low rates of infection does not have to live with the level of protective measures designed to suppress the virus in areas with much higher rates.
  • The tiers and decision-making will be based on the four harms evidence. The five protection levels consist of four levels above the Route Map Phase 3 baseline (or ‘Level 0’). They are designed to achieve progressively stronger effects in suppressing the virus. It is possible to move up and down.


Latest information on business support

  • A grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for business required to close by law, payable every four weeks for the duration protective measures are in place
  • A hardship grant of £1,400 or £2100 (depending on rateable value) for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by protective measures, payable every four weeks for the duration measures are in place
  • These grants will be provided regardless of level, to eligible businesses, and paid in fortnightly instalments (subject to discussions with local authorities) SG expect this bespoke support to be supplemented by UK Government support, not least the revised Job Retention Scheme launching on 1 November.
  • Financial support will be made available as levels are reviewed, and SG will work with local authorities to ensure a quick and efficient local delivery mechanism for this support. SG say that they will also continue to engage with specific sectors who have may face unique impacts.

View Scotland's Strategic Framework here

Draft Strategic Framework - The Four Harms

Draft Strategic Framework Tiers

29th September 2020 - Scottish Government Update 

In light of the recent announcements on changes to Coronavirus restrictions, the Scottish Government is running two new campaigns: September Restrictions and Stop The Spread. Both campaigns will be running initially for 2 weeks and there is further information in the toolkit link below, which also includes posters and other assets that can be downloaded for use.


September Restrictions Campaign

This provides information on the new restrictions that have come into force.

Stop the Spread Campaign

This activity encourages compliance with both the new restrictions and the existing guidance.

Please Share

We would appreciate you supporting the campaigns by sharing them with your audiences / networks and posting on your social channels with the hashtag #WeareScotland. 

Available Assets

If you would like to download all assets in one folder you can find the link below:

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan, Thursday 24th September 2020

Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months.

Published 24 September 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional UK government measures to support businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.

It includes plans for a jobs support scheme to replace furlough, help for the self-employed, business loans and VAT cuts.

SCC has prepared a summary guide to all the new support measures announced today, you can find a link to this below which you are free to share.

Here is a snap summary of the measures:

Jobs Support Scheme

  • Under the scheme, the government will subsidise the pay of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to lower demand;
  • It will apply to staff who can work at least a third of their usual hours;
  • Employers will pay staff for the hours they do work;
  • For the hours employees can't work, the government and the employer will each cover one third of the lost pay; and
  • The scheme will run for six months starting in November.

Support for the Self-employed

  • The chancellor is extending the self-employed grant on similar terms to the jobs support scheme;
  • A grant will be available to those eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant;
  • The grant will cover three months' worth of profits for the period from November to the end of January; and
  • It will cover 20% of average monthly profits up to a total of £1,875.

Business Loans

  • Bounce Back Loans will be extended from six years to 10, cutting monthly repayments by nearly half;
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders will also be able to extend the length of loans from the current maximum of six years to 10 years; and
  • The chancellor is also extending the deadline for the government's coronavirus loan schemes to the end of November.


  • The 15% emergency VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality industries will be extended from January 2021 to 31 March; and

Business who deferred their VAT bills will be able to pay back their taxes in 11 smaller interest-free instalments; and Self-assessment taxpayers will be able to defer tax payments to January 2022.

SCOTTISH CHAMBERS SUMMARY GUIDE - click here or on image to view or download.


Scottish Government Route Map Phase 3 Update 20th August 2020

The First Minister has updated the Scottish Parliament today on the latest review of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Scotland is to remain in Phase 3 of the route map out of lockdown and indicative dates have been given for the reopening of further sectors of the economy in August and September.

The publication can be viewed here.


Micro and Small Business Workplace Guidance

We have created guidance which provides practical advice for micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies as they plan to re-open their businesses. This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published, so if your business is in a sector for which specific guidance has been published, then you should follow this.
To view the document, please click here or click on the image below.
For specific sector guidance from the Scottish Government, please click here.


Extension of Self-Employment Support Scheme and Confirmed Furlough Steps (from Scottish Chambers of Commerce)

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has tonight confirmed that the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will be extended, giving more security to individuals whose livelihoods are adversely affected by coronavirus in the coming months, the Chancellor announced today.

Those eligible under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which has so far seen 2.3 million claims worth £6.8 billion will be able to claim a second and final grant in August. The grant will be worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.

The Chancellor also set out more details on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will continue to support jobs and business as people return to work, following the announcement of an extension of the scheme on 12 May.

From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part-time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work. Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them - and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.

The scheme updates mean that the following will apply for the period people are furloughed:

  • June and July: The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 as well as employer National Insurance (ER NICS) and pension contributions. Employers are not required to pay anything;
  • August: The government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions – for the average claim, this represents 5% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed;
  • September: The government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,190. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 10% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500. For the average claim, this represents 14% of the gross employment costs the employer would have incurred had the employee not been furloughed; and
  • October: The government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and 20% of wages to make up 80% total up to a cap of £2,500.


Perthshire Chamber Publication: YOU ASKED WE DELIVERED 

Our 'You Asked We Delivered’ publication (which has been worked on and created with our close colleagues at Scottish Chambers of Commerce) showcasing the breadth of business representation we have undertaken and the Results we have achieved as a Network on behalf of our collective business membership.

I am sure you will agree that never before has our role been more critical in its ability to speak on behalf of our membership and actively influence Governments at the highest levels to ensure policy supports our businesses, communities and the economy. Our Network has achieved an immense amount on behalf of our members but we know there is more to do and we will keep our foot on the gas.  READ MORE


External Coronavirus Insight 1st May 2020 (Compiled by the Scottish Enterprise Insights and Economics team – 1st May 2020)



At today’s media briefing, the First Minister said that a quarter of a million people had accessed the COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making document since it was published online yesterday and she encouraged people to continue to engage with the Scottish Government on the issue.

Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19 - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme​ (CBILS) (Updated 09.04.2020)


Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19 - Employment Support for Businesses


Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19 - Financial Support Schemes (Updated 27.03.2020)

Please click on the image below to see the Perthshire Chamber Business Guide for Covid-19.  This details the financial support schemes available for businesses including the Job Retention Scheme and the CBILS Scheme.

Coronavirus Business Support fund

Applications through the Perth and Kinross Council website here.

HMRC Helpline for Tax Issues

There is an HMRC helpline for tax issues at 0800 015 9559

Business Helpline

A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 has been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

The helpline is 0300 303 0660, and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm.

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