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Scotland has published it’s reopening plan with more details on when restrictions are planned to be lifted. Key dates are:

2 April

  • The ‘Stay at Home’ requirement is lifted and replacing it with a ‘Stay Local’ message

5 April

  • The resumption of outdoor contact sport for 12-17 year olds
  • The return of college students within the top three priority groups 
  • The reopening of non-essential ‘click and collect’ retail
  • Extending the list of retail permitted 

12-19 April

  • All children back to school full-time

26 April

  • Tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering)
  • Weddings and funerals for up to 50 (including wakes and receptions with no alcohol permitted)
  • Outdoor hospitality can open till 22:00 with alcohol permitted. Indoor hospitality permitted without alcohol and closing at 20:00 also permitted

Social mixing in indoor public places will be subject to a current maximum of 4 people from up to 2 households The prohibition of in-home socialising will continue to be kept under review at this date.

17 May

  • Re-introducing in-home socialising for up to 4 people from up to 2 households
  • Further re-opening of hospitality: bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes can stay open until 22:30 indoors with alcohol permitted and 2 hour time-limited slots and until 22:00 outdoors with alcohol permitted
  • Adult outdoor contact sport and indoor group exercises can resume
  • Small scale indoor and outdoor events can resume subject to capacity constraints. 

    Further information can be found here

Is there any further information on the businesses in Scotland which are eligible for the leisure, hospitality and retail grant?

British Marine is disappointed to see boathouses and slipways on the list of exclusions produced by the Scottish Parliament. 

British Marine and British Marine Scotland are working closely with our Scottish partners to ensure our members receive the financial support they need. We have, and will continue to, convey our concerns and those of the businesses we represent to members of the Scottish Parliament.

British Marine worked closely with Tourism Alliance and was pleased to see the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales,confirm that marinas, boat hire and passenger boat facilities, should, in its view, be eligible for the leisure, hospitality retail grant.

Whilst the LGA does not represent councils in Scotland, British Marine was disappointed to see the Scottish Parliament adopt a different position to that of the LGA without a clear explanation. We will continue our discussions and lobbying efforts with key parties to improve the support available to our members based in Scotland.

We have written to MSPs and COSLA, the body which represents local authorities in Scotland to outline our concerns.

How does the support announced by the UK Government and the Scottish Parliament differ?

There are a number of similarities. The UK Government has created a separate website which sets out the details of all the support announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This website contains information on who can apply for each measure and whether it is UK-wide, or only available in England. 

Most of the measures announced by the UK Government are applicable to businesses in Scotland. The key and notable differenceinclude the administration of the business rates relief and grants. This is because the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 2020 only apply in England, they do not apply in Scotland. 

However, the Scottish Parliament has announced its own business rates holiday and grants. Full details of the support for Scottish businesses can be found here

I am a business based in Scotland am I eligible to receive a grant?

The Scottish Parliament has announced further phases of its business support package to help firms struggling with the impact of COVID-19. The changes announced include an extension to the Small Business Grant Scheme and new support for SMEs and the recently self-employed. This £100 million fund can be broken down as follows:

  •    Newly self-employed hardship fund – with hardship grants of £2,000 available
  •   Creative, tourism and hospitality companies – with hardship grants of between £3,000 and £25,000 available
  •   Vulnerable SMEs – can apply to the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund for a bespoke grant based on the company’s individual circumstances

The Scottish Parliament has announced further grants for businesses affected by COVID-19.

These additional grants are for businesses in the leisure, hospitality and retail sector. The other type of grant is for small businesses. This support can be broken down as follows:

Leisure, Hospitality and Retail

Firstly, all businesses in the leisure, hospitality and retail sector will receive a 12-month business rates holiday. This applies to all businesses in these sectors, regardless of size. This relief is available from 1 April 2020 and will finish on 31 March 2021. This policy means all eligible businesses will pay no business rates during this period. 

Businesses in these sectors could also be eligible for a £25,000 grant. To apply, a business must have a rateable value between £18,001 and £51,000. British Marine understands this grant is a one-off payment to support eligible businesses. Rather, the grant is not per property.   

Small Businesses

Secondly, all businesses which are in receipt of Small Business Bonus or Rural Relief will be eligible for a £10,000 grant. Following an announcement on 15 April 2020, the small business grant scheme was extended. The changes mean that, for this specific grant, business will be eligible to a 100% grant on the first property and a 75% grant on all subsequent properties. 

Business Rates

Finally, our members should note that the Scottish Parliament has taken the decision to lower business rates for all non-domestic properties for 2020-21. This means that all businesses, regardless of sector will receive a 1.6% rates relief.

You must apply for the grants through your local authority.  

Our members do not need to apply for the businesses rates relief as local authorities will apply this discount automatically. More information on these measures, including details of how to apply for the grants can be found here.