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.


Beyond Level 0 Guidance

Face Covering FAQ's

Timetable for easing Coronavirus restrictions 23rd June 2021

Review of Physical Distancing - June 2021

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

Protect Scotland App Launched 10th September



November 2021

Living Safely for Us All - Winter COVID-19 Guidance 

Preparing for the Customs Declaration Service

£50 million for warmer, greener homes - Scottish Government

Flexible Workforce Development Fund

SME Energy Efficiency Projects Loan Scheme 

Adopt an Apprentice - Funding Stream

Connecting Scotland Fund - Closes 12th November 2021


October 2021

SCC Comment on Autumn Budget 2021

Women Returners Programme - closes March 2022

Energy efficiency funding for Scottish Industry -  closes 17th December 2021

Digital Start Fund - Now Open

The Scottish Food and Drink Net Zero Challenge Fund

Scotland’s UNESCO Trail: The Wonders Within video

COP26 Green Zone - Free tickets

Temporary Visas for poultry workers and/or HGV drivers to transport food goods




Dubai Expo - Culinary encounters across all cultures

COP26 - Member Spotlights

Dubai Expo - Taking a global view of business 


September 2021

International travel testing updated - Gov.Scot

Coronavirus guidance on ventilation - Gov.Scot

Vaccine certification plans approved by Scottish Parliament

Local Charities requesting Help -  PDF

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces guidance

International travel restrictions to be relaxed and simplified

Trade and customs: 2021-22 timeline

Trade finance tips for Scottish exporters


August 2021

EU VAT e-commerce package announced

DigitalBoost Development Grant - Reopened

British Chambers of Commerce Reaction to Announcement of Extension of CE Marking Easement

Scottish Government Workplace testing rolled out to boost recovery

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) services - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance

District Heating Loan Fund announced

Close Contact Services - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance

Youth Music Initiative Fund - now open

eBike Grant Fund - now open

Scottish Co-Investment Fund launched

Scottish Enterprise launch 4th year of Principally Women programme

Business charge point funding for Electric Vehicles

Move more in the Morning - Tips to stay active from Westfield Health

Move more at workTips to stay active at work from Westfield Health


July 2021

Tariff Checker Service - For businesses moving goods to Northern Ireland

Self Isolation - Application of exemption for critical staff now available

Chamber receives funding to help food and drink sector recover from Covid impact

Businesses urged to make Living Hours pledgeThe Scottish Living Hours Accreditation Scheme

£21 million Digital Dairy ProjectSouth-West Scotland and Cumbria region

Help Remote Employees Stay Cool During a Heatwave - MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers 

Azets warns of 'construction cash crunch' when moratorium ends in September 2021

HMRC Issue reminder of National Minimum Wage for Summer Staff

SGF Go Local Grant Fund Now Open - Closes 31st August 2021

Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund Now Open - Closes 27th July 2021

Urquhart Opticians announce new 'Care & Community' Fund

Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemption for employer-provided coronavirus antigen tests

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for returning to offices

New recruitment drive for tourism and hospitality sectors announced

SCC QEI Survey results for Ayrshire Q2 2021  |  Read SCC Press Release

SCC QEI Survey results for Scotland Q2 2021

Trade and customs: 2021-22 timeline

Scottish Government announce £8 million package for health and social care workforce wellbeing


June 2021

UK Government announce temporary reduced rate of VAT for hospitality and hotel accommodation & attractions

Update - Furlough Scheme Payments changing from July 2021

Industry invited to note interest in fair and sustainable green ports in Scotland - Closes 27 July 2021

Westfield Health issue 'The Future of Work' report

Information on how to pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

SCC respond to Scottish Government June 22nd COVID-19 Update

Barclays Bank announce 'Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2021'

Coronavirus (COVID-19): ventilation guidance

Funding for green jobs - First call extended until 12 noon on 1st July 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


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