COVID 19 - Business Advice and Support
Invest in Angus team are here to help
The Invest in Angus team are still working and are here to support businesses throughout this COVID-19 situation. This page will provide a gateway for businesses with the latest news and announcements from Government and support organisations.
We are aware that this is a very challenging time for individuals and businesses and COVID-19 is having a significant impact.
We are available Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as possible.
Scotland’s Road Map out of Lockdown
The Scottish Government has published its route map out of lockdown.
The route map gives an indication of the order in which the Scottish Government will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions. It provides practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time. The phasing table will continue to be updated.
Read the latest guidance on the Scottish Government website.
Scottish Government has shared sector specific guidance and support
- Tourism and hospitality sector guidance
- construction sector guidance
- culture and creative sector support
- sea fisheries support
- aquaculture support
- caravan sites and holiday parks
- SME housebuilders support
- manufacturing sector guidance
- retail sector guidance
View the guidance for businesses in Scotland on physical distancing and closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Advice and Support Available
There is lots of advice and support available from a variety of sources and we’ve collated this below to make it a little easier for businesses to access.
General advice about the virus is available on the NHS website.
The situation is rapidly evolving and changing daily, and we will update the content below as quickly as we can.
Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Angus Council. Applications are open now.
Angus Council is administering the Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund. This is part of Scottish Government’s support to businesses, to support the newly self-employed who are not eligible for any other form of financial support.
View Angus Council service changes as a result of COVID-19.
Tayside Cares is the official portal for information, advice and assistance regarding Coronavirus in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross. Support is available for individuals and businesses across a wide range of areas.
Support is available for SMEs and third sector organisations in Angus from Healthy Working Lives. This can involve one to one advice on returning to work/reopening including social distancing risk assessment, PPE needs, mental health of staff etc.
Businesses can contact:
Jane Duffy, Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
Tel: 07766 781943
View Scotland’s Route Map through and out of the Covid-19 crisis.
The Scottish Government has up to date information on COVID-19. You can view the latest announcements, find out the latest advice and news.
Find out the latest information about non-domestic rates for Scotland during COVID-19
100% Rates relief for heavily impacted sectors fo the whole of 2020/21. These sectors include retail, hospitality, leisure, and aviation.
Scottish Government has shared guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for businesses. This includes business and social distancing guidance; guidance for businesses on offering support; support for Scottish fishing industry; caravan and holiday parks; and culture and creature sector support.
Read the guidance on how to claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. All UK wide employers with a PAYE payroll scheme created and started on or before 19 March 2020 can access the scheme. Read the step by step guidance for employers on how to claim for their employees’ wages.
Scottish Enterprise has set up a new website with advice and support for businesses in Scotland.
A new inbox has been set up for key workers to email if you have any questions.
Supply chain impact – If you’re concerned about how COVID-19 might impact your supply chain, Scottish Enterprise has a guide on supply chain mapping to help identify risk points in your supply chain.
Skills Development Scotland has developed a portal of free online courses and is encouraging people who have been furloughed or made redundant to develop their skills with the help of a new online resource.
View the courses on My World of Work and enroll on a course to enhance your skills.
Access help and advice from Skills Development Scotland.
Find out what Employability Support Services are available in Angus.
The Scottish Funding Council has funded Abertay University to produce short courses in Digital Marketing that are free to applicants.
The result is a newly-created suite of courses which are a springboard for people looking to market their businesses in an increasingly digital environment, post pandemic. Studying the courses will help people upskill in their current job, take on new responsibilities or help prepare for a new career. Abertay University can offer them at no cost as they are fully-funded by the Scottish Funding Council in response to an identified skills shortage.
A package of business support measures has been announced. Once further information is available it will be published on the Covid-19 information page on the Business Gateway website.
View the latest webinars and online tutorials.
Survive and Thrive
The Business Gateway COVID-19: Survive and Thrive programme provides businesses with one-to-one support delivered digitally and covers a range of subjects including:
- Business Model Review
- Cashflow Forecasting
- Marketing Strategy
- HR Support – Furlough, staff payments, staff contracts, etc.
- Risk Mitigation
- Understanding Tax
- Supply Chain Management
- Identify Alternative Revenue Streams
Businesses will receive a minimum of seven hours of support and can also access a suite of workshops including marketing and understanding your market, book-keeping, managing business finance, plus access to a wealth of webinars hosted by our National Business Gateway team to help navigate through these challenging times.
Businesses can also do a free Digital Health Check where they can work through a diagnostic review that at the end will give them a detailed report on what is working well digitally and what areas they have to work on.
The Business Gateway HR adviser is there to support and help businesses fully understand the ins and outs of furloughing staff and how to bring staff back from furlough. She can also help those who are in the unfortunate position of having to let staff go. Redundancy information and support is available and Business Gateway can work with businesses to try and find the best possible outcome for employers and employees.
Confidential surgery sessions take place every Wednesday. Book in for a free 45 minute surgery session to ask any HR questions you may currently have.
Contact the Angus and Dundee office to book a place on 01382 443400.
Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has set up a Covid-19 Hub to help signpost any business looking to understand how the current situation impacts them, their staff, and their future. Members and non-members have full access to this support.
Weekly webinars are being delivered by Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce to members and non-members. Remember to register onto the event to participate.
Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce have launched their Partners for Business Programme, providing business-led support, inspiration, and guidance to organisations dealing with the impacts of coronavirus. Working with our Enterprise and Platinum Partners from across the private, public, education, and third sectors, we’ve formed a unique programme of support to help organisations who need guidance and a conversation to talk through the issues they may be facing at this challenging and difficult time.
Chamber members can access the Chamber Finance Finder – Discover the right funding solutions across loans, equity and grants to protect your business during the COVID-19 crisis. Register an account and within minutes, you could be matched to all available finance options, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS).
A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 is now live and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660 – callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.
GrowBiz is increasing its support during coronavirus crisis for rural enterprises by offering more phone or online advice sessions, and a range of online learning and networking opportunities – open to any small or micro-business in rural Scotland.
Scotland’s economy and businesses have been severely disrupted since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Scottish businesses are battling to survive the long-term impacts of lock down and social distancing measures.
Throughout this period the Interface team have supported many businesses that are adapting and creating products in the fight against COVID-19.
Universities are open and absolutely committed to supporting businesses with project ideas that can help survival, diversification, adaptation, and recovery. Industry led research and development in partnership with academic teams has continued remotely during lockdown. Work is underway to ensure that universities and colleges are ready and equipped for the various re-open phases of government guidelines with laboratories set to open in phase 2.
There is a wealth of academic expertise that businesses can tap into, and Interface in providing a free and impartial service have the connections to match businesses to the right expertise to take projects forward. Project areas could include – new product development; changing markets; digital innovations; strategic models, business planning and ways in which to embrace the circular economy/sustainability/improve green credentials.
Interface also provide advice and support on a range of funding programmes to help offset the cost of projects including the Innovation Voucher funding programme designed to support business academic projects.
Interface also have a series of webinars in the next few weeks to inspire businesses as to the art of the possible through collaborative partnerships. Sign up to the Interface mailing list to keep up to date with Interface news and events .
A dedicated programme of support has been launched by the Plunkett Foundation to help rural community businesses across the UK as they battle the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus lockdown.
The new scheme will focus on getting one-to-one support to groups that need it the most. This will include free practical support from Plunkett’s national network of specialist community businesses advisers. All forms of community business – including woodlands, farms, bakeries, pubs and shops – will be able to get support, advice and guidance on a range of issues such as;
- developing short – medium term cash flow,
- reviewing business plans,
- applying for funding,
- upholding good practice governance,
- utilising community shares and accessing government support
Key Sector Industry Updates
The Scottish Government issued advice (28 March 2020) on caring for animals during the outbreak. All animal owners are advised to:
- consider how they would continue to care for their animals if self-isolating
- keep dogs from self-isolating households on a lead when in public
- follow general hygiene measures.
Useful information and guidance from Scottish Government
Around 7,000 specialist beef producers will benefit from payments worth £40million in the coming weeks, making sure money is still going to farmers and crofters during these unprecedented and challenging times.
Guidance on statutory testing of livestock (3 April 2020)
Guidance on measures you can take to manage the risk associated with coronavirus together with the ongoing need to protect animal health and welfare and to avoid the long-term consequence of loss of disease control measures.
Coronavirus advice for owners of companion animals and livestock (28 March 2020)
This information includes advice about precautions to take with live animals or animal products.
There is currently no evidence that livestock or companion animals such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus.
After making payments worth £19.1 million to almost 6,000 farmers and crofters, the Scottish Government is encouraging farmers and crofters to use their Common Agricultural Policy payments.
Other useful information
Emergency plan form
The RSABI (Supporting People in Scottish Agriculture) and Farm Advisory Service have developed an emergency plan form you can complete now in case of illness so that someone can take over the day to day jobs if you’re unable to do so. Keep it safe and make someone aware where to find it if needed.
Farm based businesses
Visit the National Farmers Union website for up to date support and guidance about coronavirus.
Livestock Owners can contact the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution on 0300 111 4166 (7am – 11pm) or visit the Royal Scottish Agriculture Benevolent Institution website.
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
- A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers
- The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.
Food Standards Scotland published their latest COVID-19 guidance for food business operators and their employees on 29 May.
Sign up to the food and drink enewsletter where you will get information on industry news, events, opportunities and data and insights.
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.
Sea Fisheries Intervention Fund has been set up to provide emergency hardship support for fishing vessels 12m and under in length.
Food and Drink Scotland is supporting businesses throughout this pandemic. Yourfoodjob.com 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.
Food and drink companies can download template letters to support their key workers:
Template: Permission to travel to and from work
Template: Childcare request
Guidance & Support
Get Tourism Ready – View the advice and support for tourism and hospitality businesses.
Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group
The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) is working hard to help tourism businesses to recover from this unprecedented situation.
The group, which consists of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA); VisitScotland (VS); COSLA; the three Enterprise Agencies – Scottish Enterprise (SE), South of Scotland Enterprise (SoSE), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE); Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the Scottish Government (SG), has been working on a single, joined-up, phased plan to not just combat the current issues but also look at how the industry could effectively recover once the lockdown is eased.
Find out more and download the STERG National Action Plan.
COVID-19 Business Support helpline
A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 is now live, and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm. The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660 – callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.
VisitScotland provides the latest information and advice for tourism businesses.
EventScotland has developed guidance for event organisers in Scotland, featuring the latest advice from the UK and Scottish Governments and health organisations.
Scottish Enterprise has business continuity advice available for the tourism sector.
A statement from the First Minister on 22 March 2020 included guidance for accommodation businesses.
Read the statement from the Tourism Secretary regarding visitors traveling around rural Scotland.
Golf courses were permitted to reopen on Friday 29 May. See the guidance from Scottish Golf.
Sign up to the tourism enewsletter where you will get information on industry news, events, opportunities and data and insights.
New guidance for the manufacturing sector from the Scottish Government was published on 26 May 2020 regarding a safe return to the workplace. See the guidance.
ECITB is offering advice for people across the Engineering and Construction industries to support businesses throughout Covid-19
New guidance for the retail sector from the Scottish Government was published on 26 May 2020 regarding a safe return to the workplace. See the guidance.