Chamber News

COVID-19 Support for Businesses

Here you will find recent news articles from across the Chamber network including Ayrshire Chamber, Scottish Chambers and British Chambers.

Timetable for easing Coronavirus restrictions 16th March

Toolkit 'Helping your business to reopen safely’ April 21 - Scottish Government

Protect Scotland App Launched 10th September



June 2021

Funding for green jobs - First call open until 12 noon on Thursday 24 June 2021

New Island Communities Fund (ICF) for sustainable projects announced

Vaccine programme expansion to include international students 

Rapid test kits rolled out to pharmacies in Scotland

General guidance for safer workplaces - Coronavirus

Strengthening links with Europe - £3 million funding announced

£26 million Connecting Scotland programme announced  To APPLY click here


May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): events sector guidance - Updated 14th May 2021

How to report self-isolation support payments

Coronavirus guidance for sport and leisure facilities

HR considerations for getting back to business

Mental Health Support Resources from Westfield Health

Coping with Change PDF - from Westfield Health

Controlling Worry - from Westfield Health

Breathing Techniques - from Westfield Health


April 2021

First Minister Announcement 20 Apr 21

Safe Travel Advice for Businesses from Rail Delivery Group

Re-opening Checklist for food businesses during COVID

Adapting restaurants and food delivery during COVID-19

Coping After COVID - Recovering the hidden cost of the pandemic

SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Results Full Report for Q1 of 2021

SCC QEI Survey results for Ayrshire Q1 2021

UK Export Finance - Access export finance & insurance against buyer default


Ayrshire Chamber - Rally for Growth Manifesto 2021

10 Days of TartanDay - Celebrate the links between Scotland and North America

Medicines and diagnostics manufacturing transformation fund

Tax cut announced for employers of veterans -

Marine Fund Scotland now open - Blue Economy Policy

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on workers' accommodation


March 2021

Scottish Enterprise - Green Jobs Funding

Better Places Green Recovery Fund Round 2 - Now Open

UK Government Brexit Checker tool 

Take the Business in the Community Race at Work survey - OPEN until June 30th

BREXIT SME Fund - OPEN for applications until 30th June (unless all funds allocated before closing) APPLY HERE

UK Budget 2021 and implications for Scotland – Fraser of Allander Institute


February 2021

Updated Strategic Framework published 23rd Feb

UK Government provides devolved administration in Scotland with additional £1.1 billion to help tackle coronavirus.

HSE guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19): working safely

Creative Scotland Covid 19 Resource Directory

Seafood Disruption Support Scheme (SDSS)

Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund


The Scottish Government have announced their 2021/22 budget.

Significant new investment to drive economic recovery, bolster public services and support families underpins the Scottish Government’s spending and taxation plans for the coming year.

Business support remains a priority and the Finance Secretary confirmed that the Local Authority Discretionary Fund will be doubled to £60 million in this financial year to allow councils to respond to local needs. In addition, businesses eligible for the Strategic Framework Business Fund will receive full Level 4 payments on 22 February, regardless of any future changes to local restrictions.


You Asked, We Delivered - Chambers activity report

Forward Together - Chamber Strategy 2021-22


January 2021

Quest CJRS Extended FAQ's Jan 21

SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Press Release

SCC Quarterly Economic Indicator Results Full Report for Q4 of 2020

SCC QEI Survey results for Ayrshire Q4 2020

Minister Scully Letter to Business on Covid Testing for Hauliers 11 /01/21

EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement Analysis: JAN 2021

Extending support for Hospitality, Retail and Leisure (11/01/21)

Performing Arts and Venues sector guidance - Scottish Government 

February 2021 International Trade Mission to Atlanta, Georgia USA - Speaker Programme