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March 17, 2021

Keeping You Informed – 17th March 2021

In this article you will find information on support from local Accountants CSMCo regarding upcoming grant closures, Info on the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund, Highland Recruitment Offer as well as lockdown lifting information and commentary.

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Campbell Stewart Maclennan Grants Update 15th March

‘There are lots of grant deadlines in the coming week, with some ending today, so make sure you don’t miss out if you have not already applied. The long awaited B&B grant funding has also opened but be quick as there is only a one week window to apply.

We have also included some information below on a new ‘Help to Grow programme’ that will be available in the Summer’

https://bit.ly/3bVG1yQ

Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund

‘The Scottish Government have asked the Council to deliver on their behalf the Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund grant scheme. This grant scheme is for Bed and Breakfasts, Guesthouses and Self-Catering businesses which pay Council Tax.’

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20016/coronavirus/904/support_for_business/4

Discretionary Fund Ending closing 19th March 2021

‘The Council has received more funds from the Scottish Government for the Discretionary Grant Scheme. It therefore has been able to widen the eligibility criteria to enable more businesses to apply, and if subject to funding availability after all eligible applicants have received grant, to provide top-up grant. Businesses who previously considered that they did not meet the criteria for this grant are encouraged to reread the guidance here and if they now consider themselves to be eligible, to use the online form and apply for grant.’

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20016/coronavirus/962/discretionary_grant_scheme

STA Update 4th March 2021

You can read STA’s latest update here –  https://mailchi.mp/stalliance/staupdate4mar-5002078?e=d49a0f2ee3

Highland Employment Recruitment Offer (HERO)

HERO is funded by the Highland Council and the Scottish Government under the No One Left Behind and Young Person’s Guarantee Funding Streams. It helps people of all work ages and with the greatest barriers to employment secure and stay in jobs.

If you are a private (including sole trader /self employed) or third sector employer with less than 50 employees in Highland you can apply to HERO. The fund will help with the costs of recruiting and employing someone who fits the criteria.

http://bit.ly/3bQV50t

The Road Out of Lockdown – Malcolm Roughead

Commentary and useful links from Visit Scotland Chief Executive regarding recent lockdown announcements

http://bit.ly/3s8Nlgh

Scot Gov easing of lockdown restrictions document

‘Sets out how and when we plan to lift the current coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months.’

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-timetable-for-easing-restrictions/pages/timetable/

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