COVID 19 - Useful Business Organisations

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.

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
  • Insurance
  • 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.

Contact the Angus and Dundee office for more information on 01382 443400 or visit online.

HR Support

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).

FSB – National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses Limited

See the FSB’s coronavirus support hub for relevant support material for smaller firms, and a flow chart to guide those seeking financial help.

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.

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.

Angus Council has shared guidance for food businesses and their employees.

As lockdown eases Angus Council are reminding businesses and building owners of an increased risk as a result of water systems not being used during lockdown. Read the advice on legionella.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee. Businesses with supply chains that rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus will get support from the government, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen has announced.

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.

Find out more about the digital marketing courses.

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.

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


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 .

Contact Interface.

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