£7m Covid-19 cash for firms

SNP MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed new figures showing 603 businesses in East Dunbartonshire have received Scottish Government grants to support firms through the coronavirus crisis.

Thursday, 30th April 2020, 3:25 pm

A total of £7 million has been awarded in East Dunbartonshire through a Scottish Government scheme to support small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. This grant support is worth over £1 billion and is part of the wider business support package worth £2.3 billion.

So that funding can be distributed as quickly as possible, eligibility for the grant scheme is linked to the non-domestic rates system.

Ms Mackay, who is urging firms to ensure they are receiving the support, said: “COVID-19 has posed some of the greatest challenges we have faced as a country. I know all too well the impact this is having on families, households and incomes. I am under no illusions this is a very difficult time for businesses. That is precisely why the Scottish Government funding is designed to support firms and ensure that our economy is on the best possible footing.”