In these unprecendented times for tourism and businesses  SkyeConnect will provide as much up to date information from multi-sources in sharing the latest development and the support for businesses. Useful links below.

1/ Business Support from Scottish Government.  Scot Gov business support 

2/Business Gateway Support helpline. Biz Gateway Covid 19 Advice

3/UK Government Support for those affected by Covid 19  UK Government Support for those affected

4/Lochaber Chamber of Commerce statement on help from Scot Gov Lochaber Chamber statement

5/Scottish Tourism Alliance Daily Coronavirus update Scottish Tourism Alliance Update (16th March)

6/News from the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers -Insurance Cover for Super Control hosts Super Control OTA

7/Scottish Chambers of Commerce Business Support and Guidance Scottish Chambers

8/Scottish Tourism Alliance Update 17th March STA Update 2000 17th March

9/Press Release from Scottish Chambers of Commerce responding to the Chancellor's statement today:

17th March 2020

Commenting on the additional covid-19 support measures for businesses announced today by the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The additional support measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are essential if businesses are to survive and will provide immediate cashflow support to businesses that urgently require it. We now need the Scottish and UK Governments to provide access to these funds quickly and as easily as possible – any delays could lead to further job losses and we must avoid this at all costs.

“This is an unprecedented situation for business, communities and our society. We need to constantly review the business and economic impacts and ensure companies are supported quickly and with the relevant measures. We are ready to accept the UK Government’s invitation to work with them to design a system that ensures micro businesses and the self-employed also have tailored support as these jobs are just as important to our economy and they are already experiencing major income reductions.

“We fully appreciate we are in unchartered waters, but we are already seeing great examples of individuals, communities, and businesses all doing as much as possible to help one another. Let’s ensure that businesses are fully supported to continue getting through this difficult time.”

ENDS

Press Office:

  • Colin Campbell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 0141 444 7508 / 07921 041 344

10/Press Release

BLACKFORD: NEW CORONAVIRUS ‘WAR COMMITTEES’ MUST ENGAGE WITH OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS

The SNP’s Westminster leader has written to Boris Johnson calling on his government to ensure that its newly established coronavirus “war committees” work with the leaders of the main Westminster opposition parties.

The call follows a shake-up in Whitehall after the UK government established new committees to help tackle the coronavirus, which include covering the economy and business, healthcare, public sector preparedness, and international response.  

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ian Blackford urged Johnson to adopt a cross-party approach to tackle the coronavirus crisis effectively and to deliver key support for communities and businesses across the UK during this emergency. 

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“The scale and seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic demands a collective response across the political spectrum, and this unprecedented time requires unprecedented levels of co-operation.

“Faced with this emergency, it is now more important than ever that we practically and effectively work together to protect and support our people.

“That is why I have written to the Prime Minister urging him to engage with opposition parties, and to ensure that the UK government’s new committees to tackle COVID-19 work with the leaders of the main opposition parties, allowing for input and briefings.

“I have already raised with the Prime Minister the multitude of issues and concerns already arising - including support for workers and businesses, sufficient supply of liquidity, the level of statutory sick pay, and support for the self-employed. It is vital we now work to deliver the support they so urgently need.

“As the full impact becomes clearer, a cross-party approach will be able to recommend interventions that will inevitably be required from the Treasury to support individuals and businesses.

“The UK government needs to send an urgent signal to workers that it is going to support them in their time of need and seek to save the countless jobs at risk as we face this crisis.”

ENDS

Notes for editors:

Boris Johnson sets up UK war committees to fight coronavirus: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-declares-coronavirus-war-21707803

SNP Westminster Press Office – 0207 219 0074DAILY UPDATE COVID 19 FOR SCC NETWORK 16TH MARCH 2020 1