Covid-19 Update

Wed 18 Mar 20

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  • On 17 March, the Chancellor announced a range of measures to support businesses as they deal with the impact of coronavirus. More information on this will be announced shortly. 

 

 

  • All Local Tourism Association meetings/evenings postponed

 

  • Business rates and funding The Small Business Bonus Scheme provides relief to businesses with properties in Scotland of which the combined rateable value is £18,000 or less.

     

    In addition, where the cumulative rateable value of business properties falls between £18,000 and £35,000, the scheme will offer 25% relief to individual properties with a rateable value £18,000 or under.  More info at https://www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-relief/small-business-bonus-scheme/ 

 

  • The 2020 Budget - measures to provide support for businesses affected by COVID-19

    The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption. 

     

    Details on how this will affect Scottish businesses will be released in the coming weeks.

 

  • All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC.

     

    These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

     

    If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 015 9559. Lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and on Saturday, 8am to 4pm. More info at https://www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc
     
  • A reminder that a helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 was announced. The helpline, which is now live, will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm. 

     

    The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660 - callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.

 

  • Please invite businesses to tag Welcome to Fife on ANY of our social channels to help us spread their messages. 

 

  • Business Gateway has lots of advice on digital development, working from home and more. You can:
  1. listen to their podcast series on all things digital including using social media for business and selling online
  2. watch free online tutorials on a wide range of business topics, without having to leave your home
  3. read their online guide to flexible and home working
  4. find your local Business Gateway office for free advice and support

 

  • All Historic Environmental Scotland staffed sites will close until further notice. Unstaffed sites will remain free and open to the public. 

 

 

  • The latest update from Scottish Tourism Alliance can be found at  https://mailchi.mp/stalliance/coronavirus-18-march. This includes the STA's response to the Chancellor's announcement of economic package for businesses, the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group meeting and conversations with UK and Scottish Governments.

 

  • Business continuity

 

  1. You can download a checklist (Word document, 33KB) created by Scottish Enterprise, which explains the steps you should be taking to prepare for potential disruption.
  2. Scottish Enterprise can also help you get started with supply chain mapping, which can help when there is a problem with the supply chain
  3. Business Gateway has advice on business continuity planning which can help you minimise potential impact and you can watch a free webinar on business contingency planning
  4. They also have an action list for businesses to consider during the current pandemic. 
  5. The UK Government also has advice on business continuity management and have a toolkit to help you identify all the issues you need to consider.

 

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