The Comhairle is now ready to accept applications for the Scottish Government’s Business Support Grants which are part of a range of measures to support businesses through the COVIS-19 crisis.

Eligible ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property that, on 17 March 2020 were: in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS); in receipt of Rural Relief; or eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief can apply for a one-off small business support grant of £10,000.

A separate one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the Retail, Hospitality, Leisure sectors operating in a premises on 17 March 2020 with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £50,999.

An electronic application form and detailed eligibility criteria and guidance is available to download on the Comhairle’s website at https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-support-fund/

Comhairle Leader Roddie Mackay said “This is essential and welcome support for businesses at this difficult time. Our estimate is that these grants will support over 700 of the small businesses on which our economy depends and officers will be working hard to get the payments out as soon as we can.”