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Managing COVID-19

 

What support is available to my business?

To help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Scottish Government has introduced additional rates reliefs discounts and a one-off grant for some businesses. These reliefs will be available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, and businesses will be able to apply for the grants from 24 March 2020. They will be available to 31 March 2021.

  • Business support fund (£10,000 grant) for those in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS)
    • Members should note that this relief does not extend to agricultural businesses who are in receipt of SBBS purely for shootings/sportings


More information on how to apply is online at: https://www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/  
Members should note that this relief does not extend to agricultural businesses who are in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme purely for sporting rates (deer forests).


I operate self-catering accommodation on my farm, can I claim this grant?

Currently, self-catering accommodation is specifically excluded from being able to claim this grant. NFUS and other representative organisations have made Scottish Government aware of this and an undertaking has been made to look further at this.


You can find further information on further business resilience measures at the Scottish Government business support hub at: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice


I am self-employed and my business has been impacted by COVID-19 – what help is available?

On 26 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a support package for self-employed individuals whose businesses have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

If you are eligible, you will be contacted by HMRC shortly.

The key features of the package are a taxable grant of 80% of average monthly profits for self-employed individuals. The scheme will be open to all self-employed individuals who have at least one year of tax returns. The grant will amount to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

For more information, please refer to NFU Scotland’s Business Guide Update: https://www.nfus.org.uk/nfuscontent/business-guides/17559/coronavirus-income-support-scheme-for-self-employed-workers


What else should I do to mitigate impacts on my business? 


Animal Welfare

NFU Scotland has also produced a Business Guide Update for members on ensuring animal welfare is protected in light of possible staff absences, available here:  https://www.nfus.org.uk/nfuscontent/business-guides/17550/contingency-planning-for-animal-welfare-corona-virus





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