Coronavirus (COVID-19) business information

Bed & Breakfast and other Small Serviced Accommodation

The purpose of the Scottish Government fund is to provide hardship relief to Bed and Breakfast and other Small Serviced Accommodation businesses who have not been able to access support through other schemes as a result of banking status. Businesses applying to this Fund will operate with a personal bank account demonstrating business revenue and expenditure (applications can also be accepted from businesses using a business bank account if not in receipt of other COVID-19 business grant support).

Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £3k.

Individuals may only apply once and only in one local authority area.

Applications can be made online and will be processed as quickly as possible. Applicants please note that the maximum file size of the total documents submitted with your application needs to be less than 25MB.

Applications are open until 5pm on Friday 10 July 2020.


To be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria. If you receive the grant you can continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work.

  • Membership, accreditation, registration or simple listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation (national or local) prior to March 2020. This can include a listing on digital or online marketing platforms such as, AirBnB, or a community website. However, this is restricted to only those businesses marketing B&B type provision not holiday, room or property letting.
  • At least 35 per cent of individual income is from affected business
  • Trading profits below £50k in financial year 2019/2020
  • Can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and intend to continue trading in the tax year 2020/21
  • Have been in business for at least a year and filed trading accounts for 2018/2019
  • Have lost or anticipate losing business this year due to COVID-19 and are experiencing or anticipating financial hardship as a result, demonstrated via a simple personal cash-flow statement to the period end September 2020
  • Ineligible for other COVID-19 related business grant support (e.g. not in receipt of Non-Domestic Rates COVID Grants, Small Business Grants, Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Grants). Applicants are permitted to make use of the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and can be in receipt of funds from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
  • Do not receive working age benefit payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support) or have applied for but not yet started receiving Universal Credit or an advanced payment of Universal Credit
  • Have taken steps to limit costs and expenditure (including through schemes such as VAT deferral and seeking a mortgage payment holiday)
  • Do not have access to sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs
  • The business operates within the local authority to whom you are submitting this application

Mandatory items (must be included)

Applicants must provide the following with their application form:

  • Proof of identity, ideally photographic (for example a valid passport or driving licence)
  • Proof of business address (for example a recent council tax bill or utility bill)
  • Evidence of membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation; national or local ( for example, e-copy of quality assurance certification, online listing with local tourism board or entity)
  • Personal cash-flow statement to the period end September 2020 demonstrating hardship from loss of business income (300 words or less)
  • Evidence of active trading up to March 2020 via four forms of financial and trading evidence:
    • Trading accounts for 2018/2019 
    • 3 months of personal, joint personal or business bank statements evidencing business revenue or expenditure on those statements during financial year 2019/2020
    • This should be accompanied with one of the following:
      • HMRC unique tax reference or
      • VAT registration number or
      • Business registration number (provided by Companies House, Charities Commission, Mutuals, Public Register and other statutory and regulatory bodies that you must file accounts and annual membership details with)

You must also provide one of the following:

  • Evidence of a trading, for example, a supplier or trade account (active). Or other evidence of recent business activity to support your claim (eg correspondence with customers or suppliers)
  • Valid business insurance
  • Current marketing materials for your business, eg business website, active social media - provide web links