Coronavirus – COVID-19

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 invest@angus.gov.uk and we will reply as soon as possible.

Webinars

Please see our events pages where you can find a number of webinars taking place on various subjects designed to help businesses.

Funding Information and Support

View the latest funding information and support available to businesses and charities.

Can you help?

Angus Council is urgently looking to source PPE from local businesses who are closed during this time. This is to support front line workers to carry out their services as safely as possible. Find out how you can donate PPE.


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.

Angus Council

Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by Angus Council. Applications are now welcome for the £10k or £25k fund available.

Guidance for food and drink businesses doing deliveries has been given by the Environmental Health team.

View Angus Council service changes as a result of COVID-19.

Business Gateway

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 tutorial to train and support employees.

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce

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.

Growbiz

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.

Scottish Enterprise

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.

Scottish Government

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.

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.

UK Government

View the list of business closures in place.

View the guidance available for employees, employers and businesses.

View the financial help for those who are self-employed. Read the frequently asked questions about the self-employed income support scheme.

Read the guidance on how to claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Deferral of VAT payments – Read the guidance on the temporary changes to the VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to help businesses manage their cash flow.

HMRC Time to Pay Service: Businesses and self-employed individuals who are concerned about paying tax due to coronavirus should call 0800 024 1222.


Key Sector Industry Updates

National Farmers Union

Coronavirus latest farm related support and intelligence for farm based business.

Find out more from National Farmers Union

Farm Emergency Plan

The RSABI  &  the 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. Make someone aware where to find it if needed.

Farm payment schemes to alleviate COVID-19 pressures

Around 7,000 specialist beef producers will benefit from payments worth around £40 million in the coming weeks, ensuring money is still going to farmers and crofters during these unprecedented and challenging times.

View the letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to the UK’s construction sector. View the latest guidance on site operating procedures.

Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 Standard Scotland has advice and support for the food sector to ensure businesses maintain the highest food hygiene standards during this pandemic.

Scottish Seafood Business Resilience Fund – Financial support for seafood processors to help them through economic pressures related to COVID-19 will be available through a new £10 million scheme. Businesses will be required to apply for support and meet the relevant criteria – further details of which will be published in the coming days. All seafood processors who meet the criteria can apply.

Food and drink companies can download template letters to support their key workers

Template: Permission to travel to and from work

Template: Childcare request

Funding

Coronavirus Business Support Fund is open to self-catering accommodation and caravan parks will be eligible for both the one-off £10,000 grant for small businesses and the one-off £25,000 grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors where this is the primary source of earned income and the property is let for 140 days or more.

Urgent Response COVID-19 Fund (Museums Galleries Scotland) – Independent Accredited museums can apply for up to £60,000 to cover core costs if critically affected by loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations can apply for between £3,000 and £60,000. See the full criteria, and apply.

Digital Resilience COVID-19 Fund (Museums Galleries Scotland) – Museums can apply for up to £3000 to purchase equipment and software that will enable them to adapt to more digital working during the period of closures brought about by the Coronavirus outbreak and the associated restrictions. This fund is distributing capital funds and is therefore primarily for equipment and software. Software Licences for one year can be covered along with incidental delivery and installation costs. See the full criteria, and apply.

Guidance & Support

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.

 The Scottish Tourism Alliance has created a daily update email on Coronavirus, which is free for both non-members and members. Sign up at to receive the enewsletter.

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 travelling around rural Scotland.

Golf courses have now been asked to close. Scottish Golf have up to date business advice available.

Sign up to the tourism enewsletter where you will get information on industry news, events, opportunities and data and insights.


Recruitment

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of current job opportunities available.

Skills Development Scotland has developed a Job Hub so that employers can upload vacancies.

Search My World of Work for jobs that are currently available to help support the Covid-19 response. Many of the jobs are for an immediate start.

Tesco are looking to recruit 20,000 new colleagues, for at least twelve weeks. View the jobs available at Tesco.

Asda said it wanted to recruit more than 5,000 temporary staff from the pool of workers whose jobs have been impacted by the virus. View the ASDA jobs available..

Aldi announced it was looking to fill 5,000 new temporary posts and take on 4,000 permanent new workers for jobs in all its stores and distribution centres. View the Aldi jobs available.

Morrisons said it would be recruiting about 2,500 pickers and drivers, plus 1,000 staff in its distribution centres. View the Morrison jobs available.

Lidl said it would create about 2,500 temporary jobs across its 800 stores in the UK. View the Lidl jobs available.

A new free-to-use jobs portal to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who have found themselves displaced as a result of COVID-19 has been launched.

View the agricultural jobs available as advertised by NFU.

View the latest jobs available in Angus on My Job Scotland. You can also view all jobs available in other local authority regions.

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