Information for Businesses

Fund to Provide Grants and employment Support

On 9 October the Scottish Government  outlined details of a£40 million fund to help businesses affected by temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) as follows;

The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £3,000, depending on rateable value, to bars, restaurants and other businesses required to close by regulations.

A hardship fund with grants of up to £1,500 will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close

In addition, up to £9 million of funding will help with the costs of re-furloughing staff by supporting the 20% salary contribution required by the UK Government.

A discretionary fund of up to £11 million will help businesses that need support but don't fall into the above categories.

Once we have more detail on the scheme and how to apply for a grant we will update our Information for Businesses section of our website.

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

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.