Coronavirus advice for businesses in Scotland

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Last updated: Friday 3 April 

Small businesses can now apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). They have changed eligibility criteria to make it easier for businesses to access funds. 

  • You are not alone - NHS Inform has a list of organisations that can help you deal with anxiety and stress at this difficult time
  • Job retention scheme will open for applications by the end of April
  • Support for co-operativesCo-operatives UK are providing practical guides and advice for co-operatives in relation to the impact of COVID-19
  • Creative sector support has been announced by Creative Scotland 
  • Help for the self-employed  - the UK Government will support the self-employed who have been affected by the coronavirus. Grants will not be available until June.
  • Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative ways to deal with the impact on the coronavirus on business, economy and society
  • A job matching service is available for those looking for work in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland region
  • A free service for employers currently looking to fill jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic has been launched

Sources of finance

Information for businesses, the third sector and the self-employed.

Business rates and tax

Support and advice via the HMRC on business tax and rates issues.

Protecting your workforce

Guidance on key workers, workplace rights, rules and best practice including sick leave and pay entitlements.

Business continuity

Find important checklists explaining the steps you should be taking to prepare for potential disruption.

Business insurance

Information about the impact of the coronavirus on business insurance.

Personal and public health

Help and advice for individuals, care workers, employers and businesses.

Government action plan

Government plans to tackle the outbreak and measures in place to support businesses. 

Travelling abroad

Guidance for British travelling and living overseas on how to stay safe and healthy.


Webinars and tutorials about the impact of the coronavirus and general business development advice. 

Learning online

A list of online learning events including how to build your business online.  

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