Business support and advice
Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund - CLOSED
Grant support to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of these grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.
The Coronavirus Business Support Fund closed to new applications at 5pm on 10 July 2020.
Applications received after 5pm on Friday 10 July will not be considered.
B&B Hardship Fund – CLOSED on Friday 10 July 2020
Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund - THIS APPLICATION HAS NOW CLOSED
Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund (NSEHF) – CLOSED on Friday 10 July 2020
Business Gateway Inverclyde
Business Gateway is being responsive and reactive to the needs and challenges Scottish businesses face due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus). Plans are being put in place to deliver a virtual advisory and workshop service where possible.
Advisers can offer free support with a wide range of business matters including continuity planning, managing cashflow, HR and dealing with suppliers.
The local number for Inverclyde is 01475 779327.
Rental relief available for businesses
Businesses renting properties from Inverclyde Council could have their rental payments deferred for up to 24 months covering the period of government restrictions in which they are unable to trade as normal. This offer has been introduced to support businesses struggling with the effects of coronavirus (covid-19).
A deferral would result in invoices continuing to be issued in normal terms however the repayment of the invoices could be spread over a fixed period, negotiated with the lessee of up to 24 months from date of issue. This relieves the immediate burden on cash flow on the business but still ensures that the terms of the lease are fulfilled.
Social distancing guidance for business
The Scottish Government has issued updated social distancing guidance for businesses in Scotland to help provide clarity on protecting employees in the fight against coronavirus (covid-19).
It provides further information for employers and makes clear that those providing essential services must follow social distancing requirements.
It asks that the owners of businesses and operators of workplaces not required to close by law to consider whether what they do is essential to the efforts in the fight against the virus or benefit the wellbeing of society.
It also asks those employers if they can demonstrate and provide their workforces with reassurance that they are consistently practising safe social distancing and complying with all other standard health and safety requirements.
If the answer to either of these questions is no, workplaces are advised to close.
The guidance is published at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-business-and-social-distancing-guidance/ (cut and paste this link or use the link on this page)
Construction sector guidance
There is a link on this page to guidance on construction sites and associated works that can continue under specific conditions issued by the Scottish Government.