Support for business

Updated 10 January 2022

Restrictions for businesses

From Friday 17 December 2021 businesses in South Lanarkshire, like the rest of Scotland, will be legally required to take reasonable measures to minimise transmission of Covid-19.

All businesses and workplaces should follow the guidance on working safely during coronavirus. This replaces most of the previous sector-specific guidance.

To help keep your workplace, staff, and customers safe, see also guidance on:

There is also guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses, including nightclubs.

December and January Business Support Top Up

This fund is for Scottish businesses in the following sectors affected by public health guidance in December 2021:

Hospitality Sector

The December and January Hospitality Support Top Up grant is a Scottish Government initiative which will provide financial support to businesses who have lost Christmas party trade/bookings during December 2021 and January 2022, due to the impact of Scottish Government health advice to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

South Lanarkshire Council have been requested by the Scottish Government to administer this funding on their behalf.

The top-up will be available to businesses that were actively trading on 8 December 2021, had previously received the Strategic Framework Business Fund for their business, and the primary function of the business was one of the following:

  • Public houses
  • Licensed clubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels with restaurants and bars
  • Restaurants and Cafes

If your business meets the above criteria, you will be invited to apply for this top-up. Please note that speculative applications will not be accepted

If your business did receive SFBF but under different ownership, you can apply for this top-up directly from the Scottish Government, further information regarding this will be made available soon.

What you can get

The top-up is a one-off payment at the rate of:

  • £4,500 for eligible premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000, or
  • £6,800 for eligible premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above

The rateable value of the property is considered to be as per local authority records as at 1 November 2021.

Only one business per eligible property will be entitled to receive this grant.

If your application can be verified, you will receive this payment within 10 working days of it being approved for payment.

Please note that successful approval for this December and January Hospitality Support Top Up grant will also facilitate payment for January Business Support Top Up – Hospitality and Leisure grant.

All invited applicants will require to provide the following information as part of their application, failure to provide this information will result in your application not being progressed:

  • A copy of your business bank statement showing full bank account details and active trading, incomings/outgoings as at 8 December 2021
  • 2021/2022 Non-Domestic Rates Reference Number – This is the reference number on the top right hand side of your 21/22 Non-Domestic Rates notice entitled Account/Payment Reference Number*
  • Details of all public sector financial support you have received over the past three years. As a minimum, we will require you to confirm the details of support you received via the Strategic Framework Business Fund but all public support over the past 3 years should be detailed.

*If you do not pay Non-Domestic Rates directly to South Lanarkshire Council but you have a current lease/rental agreement explicitly stating that you are liable for charges associated with non-domestic rates for the property, you can still apply for this Hospitality Top Up grant. You will be asked to provide a copy of this lease/rental agreement at a later date as part of the verification process.

For specific information on the Hospitality Top-up Fund, please visit the Scottish Government website.

Advice for the following sectors

  • Some parts of the wedding sector supply chain
  • Wholesalers affected by hospitality cancellations
  • Some parts of the tourism sector, including inbound tour operators
  • Culture sector

Top-up support for these sectors will NOT be administered by South Lanarkshire Council. All information related to what support is available, eligibility, and how to apply can be found on FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot.

Business Ventilation Fund

The Scottish Government’s Business Ventilation Fund aims to provide funding to help small and medium-sized businesses improve their ventilation and help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The support targets high-risk settings where people come into close proximity, such as hospitality and leisure sectors, and the fund will allow businesses to claim back costs to improve ventilation and air quality of up to £2,500.

Businesses will need to pay for the costs of improvements (with pre-approval) and claim the costs back once the work is complete (up to a maximum of £2,500) for carrying out work to improve ventilation and air quality. This could include:

  • installing carbon dioxide monitors
  • repairs to windows and vents

To be eligible for funding, businesses must:

  • be a small or medium-sized enterprise
  • be in an eligible sector
  • have physical premises
  • pay non-domestic rates

Visit the Scottish Government website for the complete list of eligible sectors.

If your business is eligible, you will be required to:

  • Complete an online self-assessment form to receive advice on whether your business requires support to improve ventilation;
  • If eligible for support, you will be asked to provide further details about your business and the remedial work you propose to undertake to improve ventilation;
  • If the proposed work is approved, your application will be referred to your local authority who will undertake final checks on your application and then issue an offer of grant for eligible works of up to £2,500; and
  • Complete the approved works, submit receipts for work carried out and proof of payment and the pre-approved grant payment of up to £2,500 will be made.

Businesses that have already completed improvements to their ventilation prior to the fund opening date of 22 November 2021 will not be eligible to claim costs back. However, they may still be eligible for additional improvements, depending on what the prior improvements involved.

For more information on how to apply visit FindBusinessSupport.gov.uk or email ventilationfundhelp@gov.scot.

General information for businesses

We know that many businesses are experiencing difficulties at this very challenging time, a number of support measures have been put in place to assist.

You will find all the latest information on business support for COVID-19, on the Find Business Support website (please sign up for email updates), the UK Government website, and the Scottish Government website.

The UK Government has also introduced a business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

We have a dedicated email address to contact the Business Support Team and if you need advice and support for your business you should email business.support@southlanarkshire.gov.uk. We are experiencing a very high volume of emails and we will respond as soon as possible. We will post updates on this page and in social media as they become available.

Support is available for businesses locally through Business Gateway Lanarkshire via virtual advisory and workshop services. Advisers can offer free support covering a wide range of business matters including continuity planning, managing cash flow, HR and dealing with suppliers.

You can phone Business Gateway Lanarkshire on 01698 756956.

For information/clarification on how to ensure your business is safe to operate please see below and/or contact our Environmental Services Team.

Property

If you have any concerns about business property you should email LandAndProperty@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Tax

Call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 015 9559. Lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and on Saturday, 8am to 4pm.

The council offers a range of discretionary grant funding through our Business Support Grants to new and established businesses based in the South Lanarkshire area. These grants are for micro, small and medium-sized businesses that will increase turnover, profit, and safeguard or increase the number of employees through a project that has not yet started. We encourage applications that will introduce new or improved products, processes or services into the business and help businesses reach new markets at this challenging time.

These are competitive and discretionary funds which mean the council reserves the right to determine whether the business receives funding at its sole discretion. We would actively encourage you to explore other sources of funding first as our grant support is funding of last resort and is up to a maximum contribution of 50%. Other funding routes are available at https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/. For more information on each grant please see our Financial help page

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ended on 30 September 2021. Claims for September must be submitted on or before 14 October 2021. Any amendments must be made on or before 28 October 2021.

Environmental Services have enforcement powers in relation to the new COVID-19 legislation prohibiting, certain businesses from opening and ensuring social distancing arrangements are in place for businesses that are trading.

If you have any concerns regarding businesses that are open or issues relating to social distancing arrangements please contact Environmental Services on 0303 123 1015 or use our Enquiry form.

If you have any concerns about members of the public not adhering to Government guidance you should report it to the police on 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Rates relief will be applied automatically and you do not need to do anything to apply for this. They will be as follows:

  • 1.6% relief for all properties, effectively freezing the poundage rate next year
  • a full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism  

The organisations listed below can also help your business with free-to-access checklists of what businesses can do to minimise the impacts of coronavirus on their operations (please click on their name for more information:

What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site

This advice is given under the proviso that your business is only open under the latest Government guidance of 23rd March 2020 which stated that all non-essential businesses and business premises must close with immediate effect.

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the business or workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111 or call 111 if they don’t have internet access. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre, or a hospital.

If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection.

Cleaning, disinfecting, and waste disposal in non-healthcare settings

The Government has released hygiene guidance for individuals, households, and businesses on cleaning in non-healthcare settings.