COVID-19: Food and Drink

COVID 19 - Food and Drink Business Support

Scottish Government

View the latest guidance for the hospitality industry published by Scottish Government.

Food Standards Scotland

Food Standards Scotland published their latest COVID-19 guidance for food business operators and their employees on 29 May.

Scotland Food and Drink

The Scotland Food & Drink Covid-19 Information Hub can help food & drink businesses navigate all the information on Coronavirus – from government financial support, to social distancing guidance in food businesses, to workforce recruitment tools.

Food and Drink Scotland is supporting businesses throughout this pandemic. offers food and drink business free adverts for hourly paid vacancies. They are providing a free of charge platform for companies with labour force issues to find the staff they so urgently need. Email or call 01625 502947 for more information and to get set up.

Sea Fisheries Intervention Fund

Sea Fisheries Intervention Fund has been set up to provide emergency hardship support for fishing vessels 12m and under in length.

Invest in Angus

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Eat Out to Help Out

Businesses can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. The scheme is available to customers all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020. Find out more and register your business for the scheme.

The claims service for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is now live. You must wait 7 days from registration to the scheme to make your first claim. HMRC will pay eligible claims within 5 working days. The service will close on 30 September.

VAT Reduction

VAT registered businesses can apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admissions to certain attractions. The temporarily reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.

Find out more about the VAT reduction.

Health and Safety Executive 

HSE has published a guide to working safely during the coronavirus. The guidance covers:

  1. Risk assessment
  2. Talking to workers and provide information
  3. Working from home
  4. Making your workplace ‘COVID secure’
  5. Protecting vulnerable workers
  6. Cleaning, hygiene and hand sanitiser
  7. Where to get further help