Coronavirus Update: 2 February

Welcome to February! Already a month into 2021, and it’s a good time to take a step back, think of the goals you set at the beginning of January and analyse progress so far. Maybe you wanted to learn new skills, move your services online or focus on sustainability. Or just survive a difficult month. We are here to help.


Here are your latest rural enterprise updates:


Marine & Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: A £2.5m fund is being delivered by VisitScotland to help adventure and marine tourism businesses in Scotland to prepare for the 2021 season. Applications will open midday on Tuesday 2 February. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and application process here.


Circular Construction and the Perth West Project: Join Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and Circular Tayside on this “Circular Construction- Perth West project” event on the 10 February, 3-4PM, and find out everything about Circular Construction and the exciting new Perth West project. This event will be of particular interest to the local construction supply chain. Find out more here.


No Self Assessment Late Filing Penalty: HMRC has announced that Self Assessment customers who haven’t filed their tax return by the 31 January 2021 deadline will not receive a late filing penalty if they file online by 28 February. But worth noting that interest will still be applied to outstanding payments from 1st February. Find out more here.


SIS Retail Academy 2021: Sponsored by Asda and the Scottish Government, the SIS Retail Academy will host world-famous speakers, facilitating masterclasses on a range of topics, including digital marketing, online selling, and market trends. They are now open for applications from social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. Find out more here.


Business Interruption Insurance Policy Checker: The FCA has published a policy checker and FAQs to help policyholders find out if their insurance policy may cover business interruption losses caused by coronavirus and what they can do next. Find it here.


Artist Call Out – Bite Size Workshop Commissions: The Core at Corby Cube want to engage with artists in all disciplines from across the UK to create bitesized activities for young people and their families. The videos will offer a burst of creative fun and energy and help relieve zoom and screen fatigue. For each individual bitesize workshop video they will pay a fee of £150. Find out more here.


We can support you with applying for funding or, if you’ve applied for a grant and been unsuccessful, help you to appeal the decision. Email us or give us a call and leave a message at 01828 627790 and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.