COVID - 19

BUSINESS SUPPORT 

HelpLine | 01786 498496 | investinstirling@stirling.gov.uk

The Stirling  Business Support Partnership have set up a helpline and mailbox for businesses to speak with an experienced adviser to help connect you with the right supports.  We are recording the concerns and recurring queries from business to help tailor the information we provide on all platforms.

 

Call volumes can be high at times, so if you can’t get through on the phone, email the team with your contact details at investinstirling@stirling.gov.uk and we will call you back.

 

Coronavirus Business Support Fund | NOW OPEN

Businesses can now apply for cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 subject to fulfilling certain criteria:

 

  • £10,000 grants awarded to all small firms receiving the small business bonus or rural relief;

  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000.

 

For full eligibility criteria and to apply please complete the online form here

This scheme is being administered by Stirling Council. We will prioritise getting payments to businesses as quickly as possible, with the target that all eligible businesses will be paid within 10  days of receipt of application.

 

 

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) | NOW OPEN

This loan scheme can provide funds up to £5million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruption of their cashflow. #

 

The scheme is now open for applications, full details can be found here.

 

 

Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) | NOW OPEN

Part of a £350million support package to support the third sector, this fund is targeted at charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises. The main purpose of this fund is to support these organisations to stabilise and manage cashflow during this difficult period.

TSRF provides grants between £5,000 and £100,000. In addition, there is up to a further £5m available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000.

 

For more information and how to apply, click here.

 

Self-employed Income Support Scheme | NOW OPEN

On Thursday evening, the Chancellor announced plans to support the self-employed. This consists of 80% of your profits up to maximum of £2,500 per month and will be calculated based on your previous three years’ tax returns. These payments are unlikely to be processed until June. In the meantime, any self-employed workers who have not already done so are being encouraged to submit this year’s tax return within the next 4 weeks and can access existing supports such as Universal Credit and business continuity loans.

 

You can read the full announcement here.

 

 

Jobs Portal

This week we launched a new platform to help connect businesses who are in urgent need of new staff. We hope that workers who have found themselves suddenly and unexpectedly out of work due to the current crisis can find employment in sectors that are facing sharply increased demand. So far we’ve posted vacancies for cooks, carers and support workers.

 

The full list of vacancies and instructions for advertising vacancies can be found here.

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