Coronavirus Update — 27 May

Last week there were some important announcements, including Scotland's route map out of lockdown and the opening of the online service for employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay. More details and relevant links are summed up here:

Perth and Kinross Business Barometer Survey: The Covid-19 Business Support Task Force established by PKC in March is looking to gather information on how the coronavirus crisis has impacted on local businesses to inform their local Economic Recovery Plan. They want to ensure the business support provided is what is needed both now and going forward. You can help by taking the survey here.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: The online service employers can use to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is now available. To use the online service you will need the Government Gateway user ID you got when you registered for PAYE Online (if you did not register online you will need to enrol for the PAYE Online service). Find out how to claim here.

Just Enterprise: Just Enterprise, the Government funded support agency for the third sector, is offering business restructuring advice and support for those whose income and trading activity has been affected by Coronavirus. Find out more here.

Route Map Through and Out of the Coronavirus Crisis:Last week the Scottish Government published their route map, giving an indication of the order in which they plan to change the current restrictions in a gradual, careful way. Read it in full here.

Rural Employment Incentive: The incentive will provide employers with a financial contribution towards the costs of recruiting and sustaining a young person in employment. It could be utilised in a number of ways, including additional supervisory costs, training, initial travel to work costs or wages. It aims to support employers and encourage the recruitment of young people (aged 16-29) into sustainable employment. Find out more here.

Local stories this week include Daniele Muir from Perthshire Wildlife, some GrowBiz clients in the press and a reminder about the Crieff Community Trust Collective Artisan Workshop Spaces:

Perthshire Wildlife: Daniele Muir of Perthshire Wildlife is unable to run tours just now and is limited with her consultancy work, but she’s still managing to have a productive spring and summer, getting her qualification as a Walk Leader with Mountain Training. And she’s been sowing more wildflowers than usual and has lots of stock for mid-summer if you want to improve your garden or park for the local wildlife. 

Daniele has also been working with a student at Napier University who is doing a Masters in Ecotourism and is looking at the value of beavers & beaver tourism to the Perthshire economy for her dissertation. They would really appreciate if anyone who went on any of their beaver tours in 2019 or 2018 to take part in an online survey—you can do so here.

Daniele hopes to work on the Crieff & Forfar Swift Conservation Projects this summer, running free guided walks and survey training events. Perthshire Wildlife is also still selling gift vouchers if you want to give a loved one the experience of a beaver tour or guided walk. You can take a look at those here. Collective Artisan Workshop Spaces in Crieff: A group of local creatives are looking to establish whether there's a demand for a collective workshop space in the creative community of Crieff and surrounding area. If you work in the creative industries please take a few minutes to complete the survey here. Beyond Adventure in The Telegraph: Ross Dempster of Beyond Adventure in Aberfeldy, a GrowBiz client, featured in The Telegraph last week, where he talks about how the furlough scheme enabled him to keep the business going, how they are helping out in the local area and what the future might hold. Read it here. Wild Hearth Bakery in the Herald: John Castley of Wild Hearth Bakery in Comrie gave a great interview in the Herald this week, including a lovely shout out for the help GrowBiz gave him when starting up. Read the interview here.

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