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There's a special Check In & Protect app available for all Outer Hebrides businesses, at no cost, to simplify the capturing of mandatory visitor data and support the NHS's Test & Protect effort.

NHS Scotland launched a Test and Protect App yesterday (Thursday September 19). This is a personal app with proximity information to alert individuals when they have been in close contact with another App user who has tested positive to Covid-19.

Additionally, and separately, it is a mandatory requirement for some businesses to also collect visitor information to support the NHS's Test & Protect effort.

Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce says they "have implemented a Check In & Protect system that is available to all businesses across the Outer Hebrides free of charge.

"Information about how it works and how to register to use it, is available on their website:

"Community groups and halls are also welcome to sign up to track their visitors."


Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce is also drawing attention to:


Here's the most up-to-date information OHCC have on the Kickstart scheme for businesses. In summary:
    1    Government will pay for a newly created role (must not replace an existing one) for 25 hours a week for 6 months.
    2    DWP will match job descriptions to a young person on Universal Credit and they are encouraging that businesses go through an interview process as usual.
    3    The young person will be paid monthly by the business and reimbursed at minimum wage every two months in arrears, 3 payments over 6 months.
    4    There is a £1,500 payment for the employer to cover the costs associated with bringing this person into the business. It is encouraged that this be spent on training and skills development.
    5    It is expected the roles won't be available to start until November and it covers roles up to the end of June 2022.
    6    An employer can apply direct if they expect to have over 30 positions available over the period November 20 to June 22.

From initial enquiries, both to ourselves at the Chamber and the local Job Start team, there have been around 10 roles identified already.

On this basis they expect to have enough to put a local intermediary in place for the Outer Hebrides. If you are interested in helping a young person into work within your business please contact us at the Chamber or register interest with Joan Matheson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at DWP.';document.getElementById('cloak0c02adce9a413ab854d4a30cf5e17455').innerHTML += ''+addy_text0c02adce9a413ab854d4a30cf5e17455+'<\/a>';


The Chamber will be hosting a Virtual Roundtable discussion with Minister for Business Mr Jamie Hepburn at 10am on Wednesday 16th September.

Mr Hepburn says he is keen to continue his dialogue with Outer Hebrides businesses following the Roundtable held last year.

The Roundtable will take place on Zoom and there are 10 places remaining. If you would like to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Upcoming Business Gateway Webinars:

Why Run My Own Business? Tuesday 15 September, 2.00pm to 3.30pm
This practical and interactive session will cover the main factors for success in setting up and running a business and how to avoid business failures.

Email Marketing for Business Thursday 1 September, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Improve your understanding of how to boost engagement and sales through your email marketing.

Business Planning - What do I Need to Know? Tuesday 22 September, 2.00pm to 3.30pm
This webinar will look at business and personal budgeting, accessing skills for business and personal qualities relating to running your business.

Setting Business Objectives Wednesday 30 September, 11.00am to 12.30pm
Assess the strengths and weaknesses relating to your business and assess opportunities and threats to create key actions and goal setting for your business going forward.

Video Production for Social Media Thursday 1 October, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Discover why the use of video helps people find your band or website and the power it has to help you engage with your audience.

Book by contacting direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01851 822775.