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COVID-19: latest update on how our services are affected and the support available

COVID-19: latest update on how our services are affected and the support available

Business Support

Business Support Finder

Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

This support finder from the UK government will help you to see support available for you and your business.

You may also want to look at the Scottish Government's website: findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

 

Business Support Update 

Updates from our Economy & Regeneration team on COVID-19 funding available to businesses.

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 13 November - Strategic Framework Business Fund [456.53KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 20 October 2020 - Coronavirus Restrictions Fund Now Open [412.27KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 12 October 2020 - New Government Support Package [332.03KB]

Icon for pdf COVID Business Support Update 12 [261.3KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 06 July 2020 - Funding Update [281.4KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 10 June 2020 - Latest Funding [262.48KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 01 June 2020 - Job Retention Scheme/Self-Employment Income Support Scheme [254.56KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 11 May 2020 - Funding Update [275.43KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 05 May 2020 - New funds available [424.64KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 20 April 2020 - Coronavirus job retention scheme [249.13KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 15 April 2020 - Additional support for businesses in Scotland [323.76KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 26 March 2020 - Common enquiries [249.52KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 25 March 2020 - Coronavirus business support fund, commercial leases and key workers [433.05KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 23 March 2020 - Business support flow chart [286.71KB]

Icon for pdf Business Support Update 20 March 2020 - Non-domestic rates relief and grants [330.07KB]

 

South Ayrshire COVID-19 Strategic Enterprise Programme

South Ayrshire Council has created a new programme to support the local economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

The South Ayrshire COVID-19 Strategic Enterprise Programme (SEP) offers two forms of support to local companies:

  • expert help ( a three hour, one-to-one surgery for financial or human resources advice)
  • grant funding

Funds for this programme are limited and assessments for awarding support will be based on the economic contribution a business makes to the local economy.

To apply for this programme, your business must meet the following Stage 1 criteria:

  • Have a trading address in South Ayrshire
  • Have begun trading before 6 April 2019
  • Employ five or more FTE staff
  • Have been on a proven, sound financial footing prior to 17 March 2020
  • Have sales in excess of £100,000 outwith Ayrshire per annum. (For tourism related businesses, this would include spending by non-Ayrshire residents.)

However, meeting these Stage 1 criteria does not automatically mean your business will qualify for grant support.

In addition, you must demonstrate that your business meets both of the following Stage 2 criteria:

  • Your business has been disadvantaged by COVID-19
  • You can provide evidence that receiving support from this programme will safeguard jobs

It is important to emphasise, that in awarding support, priority will be given to strategically important South Ayrshire businesses, including those with a role to play in the COVID-19 supply chain and/or those based in rural locations.

How to apply

Applications to the programme are via an editable PDF form and 12 month cash flow forecast template, which must be submitted by email to COVID19.SEP@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Before making your application, it is important you read the COVID-19 Icon for pdf SEP applicant guide [218.62KB], as incomplete applications will delay your application being processed.

Please read the full Icon for pdf terms & conditions [168.27KB] of the programme or Icon for pdf privacy notice [218.67KB] relating to it.

Tourism

Tourism business advice is available from VisitScotland.

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