Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

SME support doubles to £90m

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Additional £45m to support pivotal businesses.

A fund launched last week to provide grants for small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) is to be doubled from £45m to £90m.

The First Minister announced the increase in the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund to help meet existing demand.

The aim of the fund, which is managed by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and South of Scotland Enterprise, is to provide grants to SMEs which are vital to Scotland’s local or national economy but have been made vulnerable by this crisis.

While the large volume of received applications are being evaluated, the application process is currently being paused. Payments will still be made to businesses within 10 working days of receiving completed applications and the two hardship funds for the newly self-employed and the creative, tourism and hospitality sectors remain open for applications.

MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White, said:

“This announcement is hugely welcome news. Glasgow has witnessed more applications for financial support by SMEs than all of Scotland’s other cities combined, I have no doubt that these additional funds will therefore be warmly welcomed.

“With such diversity of business in Glasgow, from coffee shops to restaurants, bars to beauty salons, and everything in between, our economy is diverse and as such needs all the help that can be offered during these most challenging of times. These additional monies will therefore help to further safeguard businesses and jobs in Glasgow”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy Fiona Hyslop said:

“This extra £45m is a direct response to feedback from businesses. It demonstrates our determination to support pivotal businesses which are suffering, through no fault of their own.

“This package of funding will reach businesses in need – at pace – and continues our commitment to ensure every penny of the additional business money that has come to Scotland is passed on to support our economy.”

Background:

More details on find can be found at findbusinesssupport.gov.scot  

The funds which make up the £145 million support package are as follows:

  • £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, managed by Local Authorities, allocated to the newly self-employed who are ineligible for UK support (as they became self-employed since April 2019) but are facing hardship.
  • £20 million Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies with support from Creative Scotland and VisitScotland for small and micro creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of business rates relief with grants of up to £25K.
  • £90 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies providing bespoke grants and wrap around business support to viable but vulnerable SMEs who are vital to the local or national economic foundations of Scotland

The Scottish Government is also providing £1 million to top up Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursaries in the not-for-profit sector.

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