Information for Businesses
Scottish Government local business support package
The Scottish Government announced a range of measures worth £2.2 billion to support businesses through the Covid-19 outbreak from 1 April 2020, including:
- a full year's 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism;
- £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural relief;
- £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000; and
- 1.6% relief for all properties effectively freezing the poundage rate next year.
The Business Support Grant Scheme is now closed.
The 2020/21 annual Rates bills have now been issued. If you have not been awarded relief please see for more information and details of how to apply https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/businessrates/reductions/
Ayrshire Business Support Helpline
A new business support helpline has been launched to help local businesses navigate the extensive support strands and funding opportunities available to them.
From Wednesday 17 June 2020, any Ayrshire business seeking assistance can contact the helpline on 0330 678 1611. Callers will be channelled to a business advisor within their own local authority area.
The helpline will be operational, Monday - Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm, with calls being charged at local rate.