Almost £20m of business grants approved for local businesses

COVID-19 Business Support

Published: Friday, 1st May 2020

Over 1,800 applications from Scottish Borders firms to the Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund have been approved, totalling almost £20m. 

This week the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund was also launched, which we are also managing applications and payments for.

The current Business Support Fund provides one-off small business support grants of £10k or £25k.  The £10k grant is available to ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property, with a rateable value of less than £18k, which are:

  • In receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS), or
  • In receipt of Rural Relief, or
  • Eligible for SBBS, but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start or the Business Growth Accelerator. Certain property uses are excluded.

The £25k one-off grant is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure sectors operating in a premises with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £51k.

Information and guidance on the support available, and the application form, is available on our website along with links to other useful information and advice. A local helpline is also available 01835 825 600. 

More information on the wide range of support available for businesses is available from the Find Business Support webstie and wthe Government's business support website.

A national helpline for Scottish businesses concerned about the impact of COVID-19 has been established. The helpline, 0300 303 0660, is open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.