Support for Scotland’s Hotels Affected by COVID-19

Support for Scotland’s Hotels Affected by COVID-19

Support is available to help to secure up to 3,000 jobs at Scotland’s larger hotels until the start of the summer 2021 tourism season, through grants and a holistic business review with bespoke support.

The Hotel Support Programme has been set up to protect sustainable employment within Scotland’s larger hotels in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The scheme will help a targeted number of hotels invest and adapt in a way that protects locally important jobs in the medium to long term.

Through the £14 million programme, individual support packages will be designed for selected hotels, in line with their unique needs. This could be made up of a mix of consultancy, business advice and funding. Some examples of what may be included are:

Support for recruitment, training, developing job specs and upskilling.

Help accessing loans or equity finance if appropriate.

Market, process and product development.

International trade support and access to international networks.

Grant funding of up to £250,000 per hotel to put towards additional costs and investment (including capital investment).

Funding will be awarded per individual hotel, while other support may be delivered per hotel or across a hotel group as appropriate.

Larger hotels and chains of hotels in Scotland that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply. The hotel must provide jobs that are critical to the local economy and the recovery of the tourism sector.

Expressions of interest being accepted until 9 September 2020 (17:00 BST).

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