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December and January Business Support Top Up

Tue 28 Dec 21

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the breakdown of a lifeline £100 million financial package to support businesses experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

  • Strategic Framework Business Fund | eligible hospitality businesses 

Eligible hospitality businesses that previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) will receive a top up payment and will be contacted directly by their local authority. Guidance and eligibility for the hospitality sector is on the Scottish Government website.

  • Wider events supply chain

More information and guidelines will be published in early January.

  • Cultural organisations and venues

More information and guidelines will be published in early January.

  • Creative Freelancers

Creative freelancers can apply for between £500 and £2,000 from the cancellation fund which opens at 2pm on Thursday, 6 January 2022. Details on who is eligible for the fund and how to apply will be available on Creative Scotland’s website this afternoon (22 December).

  • Food and drink supply chain businesses, including wholesalers

A further round of the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund will be run in January 2022.

  • Wedding sector

Further information is expected shortly. 

  • The worst affected businesses in the tourism sector, including international inbound tour operators. 

VisitScotland will administer payments worth £3 million to the worst affected parts of the tourism industry.

The money is designed to recognise the immediate economic impact of the steps people were asked to take during the period from early December.

Work is under way to establish how we can ensure the funding goes to the businesses most in need, in the quickest way possible. This includes discussions with Scottish Government and STERG around the sectors which will be eligible for funding.

We are committed to ensuring it is as simple as possible for businesses to access the money and will continue this work over the Christmas and New Year period. More information will be published in January.

 Further information is available on the Find Business Support website.

Grant delivery

Grants will be administered by the following partners:

  • hospitality – local authorities
  • event sector - VisitScotland EventScotland team
  • culture sector – Creative Scotland
  • wholesalers affected by hospitality cancellations – Scottish Government
  • wedding sector supply chain – enterprise agencies
  • tourism sector – VisitScotland

Payments will be made as soon as possible in January.


Tourism and hospitality sector guidance has been updated (23 December) and covers the new measures announced, as well as procedures for staff and customer safety, the legal requirements for face coverings and collecting customer information as well as ventilation and isolation.

Read the Tourism and Hospitality sector guidance.

This should be read in conjunction with the safer workplaces guidance.

Read the Safer Businesses and Workplaces guidance.

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