A new £100 million Scottish Government package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people opens for applications later today.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland welcomed the new help, and urged Ministers to go further for other excluded groups.
Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair, said: “This new package is another important piece in the jigsaw of support required to minimise the economic impact of this crisis.
“All sorts of businesses have faced extreme difficulties as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak. And while FSB has expressed thanks for the help announced so far for firms by governments in Edinburgh and London, we’ve been bombarded by calls from business people excluded from support.
“It makes sense to provide extra help for our tourism, hospitality and creative firms who look unlikely to be re-opening in the short term. And we’ve heard from people who started working for themselves in the last few months who are in dire straits.
“We now need Ministers to look into specific help for home-based and vehicle-based operators. In addition, senior decision-makers need to ensure that these schemes operate as they should and deserving candidates aren’t denied support.”