Seafood Disruption Support Scheme

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What does this involve?

This fund is now closed for applications.

The Seafood Disruption Support Scheme (SDSS) is designed to support small or medium-sized businesses that have experienced a verifiable financial loss during the export of fresh or live fish and/or shellfish to the EU single market between 1 and 31 January 2021.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021.

Support of up to £100,000 per business (in total) is available. Any payments will be made as a proportion of losses incurred.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you:

  • are a qualifying business
  • have evidence of the loss you’ve incurred through the export of fresh or live fish and/or shellfish to the single market between 1 and 31 January 2021

To be a qualifying business, you must provide evidence that:

  • your business meets at least two of the following criteria: fewer than 250 employees, an annual turnover of less than £36 million, and less than £18 million in total on your balance sheet (meaning the total of the fixed and current assets)
  • the business is viable, as demonstrated by accounts for the last three financial years
  • you are registered at Companies House or have evidence that you are a sole trader, partnership or other legal entity
  • the export of fresh or live fish and/or shellfish was destined for the single market
  • you were the owner of the fresh or live fish and/or shellfish at the point of loss
  • you were exporting or tried to export live or fresh fish and/or shellfish
  • you have the necessary accompanying documentation for the export of fresh or live fish and/or shellfish (for example, catch certificates, export health certificate and customs declaration)
  • challenges in the export process resulted in a loss in value or disposal of the consignment (verified by a written description plus the required documents evidencing the loss as set out below)

You must also confirm that:

  • you are a standalone entity and do not have a parent company which would mean you cannot meet two of the following criteria: fewer than 250 employees, an annual turnover of under £36 million, and less than £18 million in total on your balance sheet (meaning the total of the fixed and current assets)
  • you have a viable business model to deal with the new trading arrangements going forwards
  • you are not claiming for any losses for which you have made or could make a claim through insurance, or any other funding through other schemes

To provide evidence of the loss, you must be able to demonstrate the expected value of the consignment and either

  • the achieved value of the consignment, or
  • the cost of disposal where the consignment was not sold and had to be disposed of

A list of accepted documents to provide evidence of loss is available on the UK Government website.

What does this cost?

It is free to apply.

Who is this for?

Small or medium-sized businesses in the UK that have experienced a verifiable financial loss during the export of fresh or live fish and/or shellfish to the EU single market between 1 and 31 January 2021.

Important information

Applications must be submitted through the Seafood Disruption Support Scheme online system.

All applications must be submitted by 28 February 2021.

Once you have applied you will receive an email acknowledgement confirming that your application has been received.

If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of confirmation and will receive payment directly into your nominated business account.

Next steps

Visit the UK Government website for more information.

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