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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.

 

LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATES, QUICK LINKS, GUIDES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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.

23rd September 2020

Scottish Government Daily Briefing 

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 continues to provide details on the assistance available as well as information and advice on how businesses can restart safely through and out of lockdown.

At today’s media briefing the First Minister gave a recap of the new restrictions announced yesterday to stem the recent rise in COVID cases and to try to get the virus back under control:

  • From today visiting other households indoors is not permitted.
  • From Friday, all hospitality premises – pubs, bars and restaurants – will be required to close at 10pm each evening.
  • You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household.
  • As per existing Scottish Government advice everyone who can work from home, should work from home.  

You can read the First Minister’s full statement here.

Scotland’s GDP increased by 6.8% in July, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician, the increase in the latest month follows revised estimates of 6.7% growth in June and 3.1% May, and falls of 20.1% in April and 4.9% in March. Full details can be found here.

The Scottish Government’s route map through and out of lockdown is available here. We are in Phase 3.

The Transport Transition Plan has been updated to set out more details, which can be found here.

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

Guidance for businesses looking to offer support for the ongoing effort to tackle the Covid-19 emergency can be found here.

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

We hope that you will find this useful and share with your networks where appropriate

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)

 

COVID-19: A FRAMEWORK FOR DECISION MAKING 

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.

PKC Line for Grant Help

 

PARTNER SUPPORT PAGES

Business Gateway

Perth and Kinross Council

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Scottish Government:

     https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

     https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

     https://www.gov.scot/news/

Scottish Enterprise

UK Government

 

 

 

 

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