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SCC & Scottish Government Update 18th March

18th March 2020

 

On the further package of support measures for businesses, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

 

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s package of increased support for businesses facing difficulties because of the coronavirus outbreak. The value of the package is around £2.2 billion and includes grants to smaller firms. The Scottish Government has achieved its pledge of ensuring Scottish businesses are able to attain the same benefits as their counterparts south of the border after the Chancellor announced his £350billion support packages yesterday. Now we need both governments to ensure that this support gets to the businesses that will need it to survive the Covid-19 crisis.

 

“What we need now is to ensure Scottish businesses are able to access and receive the grants in their accounts as quickly as possible. We cannot wait days. For many businesses, the urgency of a decision being actioned can be the difference between staying in business, keeping our employees, and ensuring we are able to survive this horrendous situation.’’

 

On the imminent closure of all schools and nurseries in Scotland, Dr Liz Cameron said:

 

“This move brings Scotland in line with expert advice on managing the Covid-19 pandemic. Undoubtedly, it will provide significant issues for parents and employers alike. It is yet another aspect of how dramatically the coronavirus has impacted day to day life in Scotland.”

 

Scottish Government Announcement: £2.2 billion for business

 

Today, the Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop addressed the Scottish Parliament on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Scotland. She outlined the actions being taken by the Scottish Government to support businesses including a package of measures worth £2.2 billion from 1 April. SCC has published its statement in response to this announcement which can be found by clicking here.

 

  • a full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism
  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000
  • 1.6% relief for all properties, effectively freezing the poundage rate next year
  • First Minister to convene an emergency meeting of the Financial Services Advisory Board
  • urging local authorities to relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate temporarily as takeaways
  • extending the go live date for the deposit return scheme to July 2022
  • halting the introduction of the Visitor Levy Bill

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