Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund Open for Applications

Here are the latest business support update details from PKC


The £34 million Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund, which was announced by the Scottish Government last week, is now open for applications via the PKC website. >>>

The new hardship fund will release grants of up to £2,000 to those registered as self-employed during the 2019/20 tax year.  More details below.

This is the latest in a substantial package of measures put into place by both the UK and Scottish governments. We urge anyone who has not yet applied for funding support to do so as soon as possible. An outline of all measures can be found on the Invest in Perth Covid-19 Support section. >>> 

We fully appreciate the serious financial impact that the lockdown is having on small businesses and would like to reassure you that we are  focussed on supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors at this time.
We will continue to monitor the lockdown situation in relation to businesses closely, and regularly review the support we can offer to ensure it remains useful and relevant. Any business who would welcome further advice or support should contact the team who will do their best to help you.

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Update On The Business Support Grant

Perth & Kinross Council has now processed 2624 Business Support Grant applications with £25m being paid out to businesses in the area,

If you manage a business yet to apply for the Business Support Grant we would urge you to do this now.

Grants of £10,000 and £25,000 are available:

  • The £10,000 grant is open to businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of up to £18,000 and are in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief. Firms can also get this grant if they applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers occupying premises  with a rateable value between £18,001 – £50,999 can apply for one-off grants of £25,000.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.


Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund

A hardship fund for the newly self-employed has today opened for applications.

The purpose of this fund is to provide hardship relief to newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes or have exhausted all other avenues for business support.

Successful individuals who became self-employed on / after 6 April 2019 can apply to access a one-off payment of £2,000.

  • Individuals may only apply once and only in the Local Authority area they reside in.
  • This payment is a grant and not a loan. A grant awarded in respect of valid application therefore does not need to be refunded by the recipient.
  • If you receive the grant you can continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work.

Apply for this fund here >>>

Buy Local, Eat local in Perth and Kinross

Local Level

Small City, Big Personality, Perthshire’s award-winning online magazine has launched a region-wide Food & Drink feature. The feature highlights all food and drink businesses currently open for trade.

As well as showcasing farm shops, delis, takeaways, restaurants and delivery services across all five localities of Perth and Kinross the team at SCBP are also pulling together information on stockists of the area’s favourite producers.  The feature can be seen in full here >>>

National Level

The Scotland Food & Drink team has been working on a new national directory to connect the public with businesses that can supply local, Scottish food and drink products directly to consumers. These businesses may be producers, manufacturers, wholesalers or may be retail and hospitality businesses that stock Scottish products and are now doing home delivery or click and collect.

The directory went live on Wednesday 29th April  at  At the bottom of the home page is a form to fill in if you want to be listed on the directory. It is free and open to all.