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Help for businesses affected by a collapse in the supply chain

When you are affected by a collapse in the supply chain

A business collapse or global crisis can directly affect partners and suppliers. Here are some organisations that can give help and advice in this situation.

Find Business Support website

Go to the Find Business Support website for the latest information and advice on help and finance available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Scottish Enterprise Helpline

The Helpline can give guidance and advice on next steps in a supply chain collapse. You can get in touch in a number of ways: 

  • Phone: 0300 013 3385
  • Email:
  • Use the online Contact Us Form

Further funding sources can be found on, plus assistance on Getting Money Back Owed To Your Business, Late Commercial Payments: Charging Interest and Debt Recovery and Claim money back from a bankrupt person or company in compulsory liquidation: guidance for creditors.

Here you will find a guide to the Late Payment Directive, an EU Directive on combatting late payments in commercial transactions.

The Pension Advisory Service (TPAS)

Anyone worried about their pension should ring the Pension Advisory Service (TPAS) on 0300 123 1047 for free guidance. Employees can also contact JobCentre Plus through its rapid response service.


ACAS provides free, confidential and impartial advice on all employment issues, for both employers and employees.

As well as the ACAS Helpline - Tel: 0300 123 1100 - their website provides a range of information, tools, templates and checklists covering employment and workplace matters. Topics covered include:

Co-operative Development Scotland

Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is the arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies that supports company growth through collaborative and employee ownership business models.

Our collaboration service may be of interest to smaller sub-contract businesses affected by this. By forming a consortium, businesses can work together to achieve scale to bid for, access and deliver larger contracts.

The employee ownership model may be of interest to any former employees looking to set up their own business.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway offers practical help and advice to all businesses in Scotland.

Business Gateway can help you find sources of funding for your business, and provide guidance on Dealing with Debt.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

(PACE) is a Scottish partnership initiative which provides support to employees when an organisation is facing redundancy issues.

The initiative established by the Scottish Government is being delivered by Skills Development Scotland and supported by national and local partners, offering a service to help individuals and businesses. The key aim of PACE is to get people being made redundant into training or alternative employment as quickly as possible. PACE has established a dedicated helpline. To find out what assistance PACE can offer you please call the helpline number on 0800 917 8000.

PACE have also developed information packs on redundancy help and contact details in your area.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. There is dedicated Redundancy Helpline number you can call on 0800 917 8000.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is a government agency that provides services to employers and people looking for work. Individuals looking for job vacancies can find their local office using the office locator tool.

Use the free Find a Job service (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). 

Go online to use the benefits calculators to find full details about all of the benefits available including Universal Credit.

Free research service to help you find suppliers

The Prepare for Brexit market research team is on hand to answer all supply chain questions.