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Coronavirus: What we are doing to help Scotland's businesses and communities

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Coronavirus: What we are doing to help Scotland's businesses and communities

These are unprecedented times and we recognise that things are tough for your business. That's why we're working together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise to support The Scottish Government's efforts in assisting companies all over Scotland. Find out more about what we're doing to support you at this critical time.

Support for businesses, workers and communities

Important measures to protect public health are having a profound impact on the way we live our lives and will have far-reaching consequences for our economy.

While the primary focus must, of course, be on saving lives, it is also incumbent on those of us responsible for supporting Scotland’s economy to be doing all we can to help businesses, workers and communities through this time of extraordinary challenge.

The UK and Scottish Governments have already outlined unprecedented financial and economic measures. To complement those measures, Scotland’s three enterprise agencies are working together with their partners to support businesses the length and breadth of the country.

Together we are committing to do whatever we can to support you at this critical time. We will:

  • Help you quickly identify and access any available support for your business or community organisation through the website and a dedicated helpline 0300 303 0660.
  • Urgently review our budgets so that we can reprioritise our resources to support economic resilience now and economic recovery in the future.
  • Deploy our networks at home and abroad to connect individuals and businesses who can help and learn from each other.
  • Use our privileged relationship with businesses to listen, to gather intelligence on the fast-moving economic landscape, and to feed that insight into policy and operational decisions

These key steps will help businesses, workers and communities right now and, of course, we will maintain our partnership with government, other public agencies and local authorities, who are all playing a critical role.

Thank you

Carroll Buxton, Interim Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise
Nick Halfhide, Interim Chief Executive, South of Scotland Enterprise

Need help to manage the impact of coronavirus on your business?

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has confirmed that Scottish businesses will get £2.2 billion of support. We'll help you get to the right information you need quickly, including advice on business disruption, business tax rates, employee support and more.