Covid support for businesses

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Many businesses across Scotland are still dealing with the long-lasting effects and challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic – and the Omicron variant has made the situation more difficult.

With the situation changing, businesses are encouraged to keep up-to-date with support available via the Find Business Support Scotland website.

‘Guidance for businesses and information about the UK and Scottish Governments’ financial support package is available at findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice,’ explained Councillor Robin Currie, policy lead for the economy and rural growth.

He continued: ‘You can search and filter the funding options and guidance available to help your business during the pandemic.

‘We also recommend that you sign up to email updates from FindBusiness-SupportScotland to get the latest government funding announcements.

‘Our local Business Gateway advisers also remain available to help business owners across the region respond and adapt.’

Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway has added recovery support to its existing programme of business growth assistance, helping more businesses access timely expert advice and funding to support growth or recovery from the impact of the pandemic.

The Argyll and Bute Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme now includes recovery grant funding of up to £5,000.

This is aimed at existing small- and medium-sized enterprises which are aiming either to restore their annual turnover to pre-Covid levels within three years or aiming for modest growth.

The programme also continues to offer growth support, via grants and expert help, with more than 100 businesses in the region assisted with grant funding and 27 with specialist advice.

The programme must close in 2022, so business owners looking for support are encouraged to register as soon as possible at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/bglgap.

The Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme, worth a total of £855,239, is funded by Argyll and Bute Council and the European Regional Development Fund under the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes.