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Business Support Services

Due to the current outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) some of our services have been affected.

We are administering the Coronavirus Business Support Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government in Glasgow for businesses based in the city, to help protect people's jobs, prevent business closure and promote our economic recovery.  

We have also compiled an overview of other types of support available to Scottish Businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please see section "Other Business Support Relief".

If you have already emailed us we will respond to you in due course.  The volume of applications is such that this is taking longer than anticipated however staff are working very hard to process applications as quickly as possible.

Please Note:

  • COVID Business Grant email should only be used for submitting an application.
  • Business Support email is only if you have not yet received an acknowlegement of your application from original submission.
  • We can not provide individual updates.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Business support relief available to Scottish Businesses are listed below:

Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is a one-off grant to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.

There are two types of grant available to ratepayers:

  • £10,000 grant to ratepayers of businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief.

    Business with a rateable value up to £18,000 are eligible. You can also get this grant if you have applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

  • Retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 - £50,999 can apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.

This grant is being administered by Local Authorities on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible rate payers should apply to their Local Authority using the application form.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information on how Glasgow based businesses should apply.

The second phase of business grant funding covering multiple properties and charitable organisations is now available. Please Click here for full details.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is a temporary Loan Scheme to support SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years via the British Business Bank.

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme facilitates access to finance for medium-sized and larger businesses with a turnover of £45 million or above.  Finance options include term loans, revolving credit facilities (including overdrafts), invoice finance, and asset finance.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows you to claim up to 80% of employees' wages if they would have been laid off during this crisis.

All employers with a PAYE scheme that started on or before 28 February 2020 are eligible including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies (agency workers paid through PAYE) and public authorities.

The Online Service for making a claim is now available.

Enterprise Relief Fund

Enterprise Relief Fund is a £5 million fund from the Prince's Trust and NatWest for self-employed people aged 18-30. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations, meet any existing financial commitments, or to diversify.

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

The Scottish Government's Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund is designed to support newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes. 

The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund offers non-repayable hardship relief grant payments of £2,000. 

To find out more about this fund, the eligibility criteria and how to apply please click here.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021.

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme is for self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been impacted by COVID-19.

Please do not contact HMRC directly. They will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications when the scheme is operational. It is expected payments will start at the beginning of June 2020.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme enables employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for absence due to COVID-19 at the current rate of SSP (£95.85).  This applies to periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

The online service used to reclaim SSP is not available yet from HMRC. In the meantime, keep a note of any SSP you would like to claim.

Support for Water Bills

Scottish Water has agreed to suspend pre-payment charges for licensed providers for two months, beginning with the April payment. This means providers - who provide water to businesses - can be flexible with their customers at this time.

Sector Specific Advice

Tourism/Visitor Attractions

  • Experience Glasgow is supporting local businesses in hospitality, tourism, culture and retail sectors.
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of the heritage sector, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature and will provide grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. Open for applications until 30 June 2020.
  • Digital Resilience COVID-19 Fund (Museums and Galleries Scotland) allows museums to apply for up to £3,000 to purchase equipment and software that will enable them to adapt to more digital working during the period of closure due to COVID-19.
  • Urgent Response Covid-19 Fund (Museums Galleries Scotland) supports independent accredited museums and galleries critically affected by loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Film, TV and Screen/Creative Economy

  • Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund (Arts & Creative) - this £2 million fund offers a one-off bursary to support freelance artists and freelance creative practitioners working in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland. A second round of applications is open 20-25 April.
  • Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund - this £1.5 million fund offers a one-off bursary to support freelance or self-employed screen practitioners.
  • Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development - A £7.5 million fund which aims to enable creative organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances.


  • All private and third sector childcare providers who provide funded ELC in their settings will continue to receive payments from their Local Authority for these funded ELC hours. Your Local Authority will be in touch to confirm.
  • Private and third sector providers are also able to access the Business Support outlined on this page.

Construction Sector Guidance

Third Sector

Tax, VAT and Rates

  • VAT Deferral

If you have a VAT payment due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 you can defer your payment.

You do not need to tell HMRC that you are deferring your VAT payment but payments due after the end of the deferral period will have to be paid as normal.

Further information about how to repay the VAT you have deferred will be available soon.

  • Deferral of Self-Assessment Payment

Deferral of Income Tax Self-Assessment Payment due 31 July 2020. This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged if you defer payment until January 2021.

During the deferral period you can set up a budget payment plan to help you pay the deferred payment on account when it comes due.

  • HMRC Time to Pay Service

All businesses and self-employed experiencing financial difficulties and with outstanding tax liabilities may be eligible to receive tax relief. 

Support is tailored to individual circumstances. Call the HMRC Helpline on 0800 024 1222 to discuss your specific case.

All non-domestic properties in Scotland will get 1.6% relief.  This relief effectively reverses the rate increase for 2020-21. You do not need to apply for this relief, it will automatically be applied to your bill by Glasgow City Council. 

However, if you are struggling to pay your non-domestic rates bill you should contact the Council and ask them about deferring your payments.

Retail, hospitality, leisure as well as organisations providing handling service to Scottish airports will receive 100% rates relief. You do not need to apply for this relief, it will be applied directly to your bill.


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