Business Resilience

Covid-19 Scottish Business Support Summary

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all non-essential businesses must closeRead Guidance (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) on this, including which premises are permitted to remain open.  Businesses permitted to remain open must follow the Government’s social distancing advice.

The Scottish Government is advising all business premises, sites and attractions to close unless:

  1. essential to the health and welfare of the country during this crisis; or
  2. supporting (or being repurposed to support) essential services; or
  3. capable of working in a way which is fully consistent with established social distancing advice; or
  4. wider public health, health and safety or other considerations apply and require a facility or service to continue to operate  or a specific period of time for a safe shutdown process to be completed.

Check the latest advice and information for your business at www.gov.uk/coronavirus (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and www.gov.scot (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Support for Businesses

The UK and Scottish Governments have announced a package of support to assist businesses.  You can find out more at COVID-19 UK Govt Support for Business (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and Find Business Support Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file). A summary of this support is outlined in the document linked below.

Business Gateway is being responsive and reactive to the needs and challenges Scottish businesses face due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The following links provide a list of free business resources and links to funding information that may be useful to you at this difficult time:

Business Gateway Resources (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Support Schemes, Eligibility and Access Details (1.2MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) 

COVID-19 Local Business Support Scheme

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has launched a new COVID-19 Local Business Support Scheme to help businesses unable to access support from existing Scottish and UK Government business schemes. 

The scheme is aimed at businesses located in the Outer Hebrides that have been unsuccessful in applying for other Government assistance. 

 Eligibility criteria apply so please read the scheme leaflet and, if you feel you could be eligible, please contact us on 01851 822775 or email businessgateway@cne-siar.gov.uk.

COVID-19 Local Business Support Scheme Leaflet (556.0kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Key Website Pages Specific to Covid-19 Business Support