This page is kept up to date with a summary of the latest guidance we've issued, giving you a snapshot overview of the key announcements and updates on deadlines.

The following was updated on Monday 29 March.

Read our previous updates: Friday 12 MarchWednesday 3 March, Friday 19 February.

We've outlined the details of additional funding measures announced over the last week which may prove useful to you and your business:

Important information for the hospitality and tourism sector

As hospitality and tourism businesses plan to re-open in the coming weeks in line with the First Minister's recently announced timetable, it's important to be aware of the funding and support that continues to be available to help with recovery plans for the sector. 

Following a number of conversations which we have been having with some of our clients, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some important information relating to support and funding available for businesses, and actions that need to be taken to qualify.

Non-domestic rates relief - Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism

In previous communications, we shared information that businesses in this sector qualify for 100% rates relief until at least 31 March 2022. To be eligible for this relief, a property is required to be occupied. Properties that have closed temporarily due to the Government's coronavirus advice will be treated as occupied. 

Up until now, this has been automatically applied to bills by local councils with no need to apply. It's important to note however that, from April 2021 you will be required to fill in an application form to request the relief from your local authority. 

You can find out more information on how to apply here.     

Scottish Tourism Recovery

A £25m package of support has recently been announced for Scottish Tourism Recovery, aiming to help the sector rebuild. 

Speaking at the Scottish Tourism Alliance conference, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding to support the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The recovery programme includes: 

  • a holiday voucher scheme to create a more socially sustainable and inclusive tourism industry 
  • a "days out" incentive scheme to support areas such as attractions, tours, activities and experiences 
  • a talent development and leadership programme for tourism and hospitality staff 
  • a Net Zero Pathway to make Scotland’s tourism industry more green and sustainable 
  • a marketing fund to support organisations to promote their destination or sector when domestic travel is able to resume

Further details on the allocation of funds will be set out in due course.