New Grants for Scotland’s Hospitality Businesses Suffering Losses Due to COVID-19

Funding is available to support businesses in Scotland’s hospitality sector that have lost bookings during December 2021 and January 2022.

The Scottish Government is awarding funding to support businesses in the hospitality sector that have lost bookings during this key trading period, owing to a lack of public appetite for socialising at large while the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading fast.

The December and January Business Support Top Up – Hospitality scheme will provide financial support to businesses affected by the latest public health advice.

The grant is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £4,500 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000, or
  • £6,800 for premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

The rateable value of the property is considered to be as per local authority records on 1 November 2021.

Individual ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business entity.

The scheme is open to hospitality businesses that have lost bookings during this key trading period where they are registered as one of the following:

  • Public houses
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Other licensed premises classed as hospitality
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels with bars and restaurants

The business must be actively trading, and be able to demonstrate they were on 8 December 2021.

In the first instance, local authorities will contact businesses they have previously made payments to through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. Payments will be processed subject to receiving any relevant supporting information required.

The scheme will close for applications on 31 January 2022.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)