Coronavirus Update — 16 June

The rural business landscape keeps changing as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Last week was no exception. Some businesses have been able to re-open, or are now preparing to do so, and the big news is that the tourism sector has been given a possible restart date. Updates include:

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Update: Last week the government published some updates on who is eligible for the extended SEISS and how to apply. View the full details available here.

Tourism Sector prepares for return to business: A provisional date of 15 July has been set for when tourism businesses may be able to resume operations, dependent on public health advice and progression to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government lockdown route-map. A new Scottish Recovery Tourism Taskforce will assist with the ongoing reset of the sector and will look at the sector’s recovery needs, as well as actions being taken by the UK Government and the development of a new domestic visitor marketing campaign. Find out more here.

An extensive guide to new cleaning protocols for self catering and holiday lets has been published by the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers and is available here.

Raising Investment for Creative Industries: Social Investment Scotland is partnering with Creative Scotland to run three online workshops aimed at looking at the challenges faced by creative and cultural third sector enterprises as they recover from the fallout of COVID-19 and begin to look to the future. These sessions will last 90 minutes and are free to attend. Organisations who have attended these sessions will then be able to apply for 1-2-1 support alongside a small Investment Readiness Grant to help progress their plans through consultancy support, which would help in accessing social investment (application process will apply).

Details will be given across the workshops and only course participants will be eligible. The courses take place on the 16, 17 and 18 June at 2:30pm. Find out more here.

B&B Funding Update: We have more information for you on the fund repurposed from the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund in order to provide hardship relief to B&B/small serviced accommodation providers who have not been able to access support through other schemes as a result of having only a personal or joint personal bank account. It excludes non-serviced accommodation providers such as self-catering lets. The grant consists of a one-off payment of £3000 ands applications will be made through the local authorities, for example, Perth and Kinross Council. The application process is the same as the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund, which you can find here.

REDS Update: Led by GrowBiz, this new campaign project to restore rural enterprise across Scotland is launching very soon. Please follow REDS_Scotland on Twitter and Instagram, and RuralEnterpriseDirectoryScotland on Facebook to stay informed.

In GrowBiz news we are now taking requests for learning sessions on subjects that will assist businesses to reopen safely. Please get in touch if there is something you would like to see in our upcoming events. And of course, wherever you are in Scotland, if you need support in applying for funding, adapting your business or chatting through your challenges with an experienced and friendly advisor then please send us a message at

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