January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality and Leisure

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

The January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality and Leisure will provide a one-off payment to support businesses in Scotland that were affected by the requirements for physical distancing and capacity limits that came into force from 27 December 2021 due to COVID-19.

Eligible businesses that previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will be contacted directly by their local authority.

The one-off payment for hospitality businesses is at a rate of:

  • £1,400 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £2,100 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or more

The one-off payment for leisure businesses is at a rate of:

  • £2,100 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,150 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or more

Individual ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business entity.

If you are a business in any of the eligible sectors but did not previously receive funding, or are a new business registered after 3 November 2020, you will need to complete an application form. This is available on the Scottish Government website.

Am I eligible?

Businesses must be in one of the following categories to be eligible:

  • public houses
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • other licensed premises classed as hospitality
  • nightclubs
  • hotels with bars and restaurants
  • conference centres
  • music venues
  • arts facilities
  • sports facilities
  • gyms
  • leisure centres
  • outdoor centres
  • cinemas
  • amusement and recreation businesses
  • bingo
  • casinos
  • soft play
  • snooker clubs

Businesses that previously received funding from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will be contacted by their local authority and will need to confirm that:

  • they are still a registered business
  • they were trading at 20 December 2021
  • they wish to receive funding
  • the details the local authority already have are up to date

If you are a business in any of the eligible sectors above but did not previously receive funding, or are a new business registered after 3 November 2020, you will need to complete an application form. This is available on the Scottish Government website.

If you have questions regarding the application form, or experience technical difficulties, contact covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot for further information.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This fund is for Scottish businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors affected by the requirements for physical distancing and capacity limits that came into force from 27 December 2021 due to COVID-19.

How long does this take?

Payments will be made as soon as possible in January.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information. Eligible businesses that previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will be contacted directly by their local authority by the end of January. Eligible businesses which did not previously receive support should complete an application form on the Scottish Government website.

If you have read all the information and guidance provided and still have questions, please email covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot

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