Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Support for businesses

We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for your business and we are here to support you as much as we can.

As the COVID19 crisis escalates and the UK moves into the delay phase of the virus cycle, the Council's Economic Development service is focussed on supporting businesses through this difficult period.  

In addition to highlighting support on offer from the Council and its partners, we will also relay Government announcements and signpost you towards the most up-to-date information available to us as a local authority.  Our aim is to be clear, transparent and jargon free in order to offer a direct, reliable and accurate source of information for businesses of all sizes.

We understand the sense of urgency that you, as an employer and business leader, must be feeling and know that ideally you would like answers to all of your questions. Unfortunately, in these unprecedented times we simply cannot speculate as to timescales, future developments and therefore what the overall impact will be for businesses across Perth and Kinross.

What we can assure you of is our support wherever possible, as you begin to scrutinise the financial resilience and resource contingency of your business.  If you have information that may be useful to other business owners and leaders, please do send this to businessdevelopment@pkc.gov.uk.

The Scottish Government have set up a business support helpline (0300 303 0660) for all business support enquiries in Scotland and request that businesses needing guidance contact them in the first instance on this number.

Additional advice is available on their website: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/.

How we can help

Immediately, and as we move towards economic recovery, the Council can provide you with advice and funding relating to:

Business rates relief

Non-Domestic Rates customers, who are experiencing any current payment difficulties for whatever reason, are encouraged to contact our Local Taxes team, where a member of our team will be happy to assist:

In the meantime, customers can continue to have access to our 24/7 online payment facility and information on rates relief which is currently available on our non domestic rates web page.

You may be aware that on 14 March 2020, the Scottish Government announced new measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 during Financial Year 2020/21. These include:-

  • a 75% rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of less than £69,000 from 1 April 2020
  • 1.6% rates relief for all properties across Scotland, effectively reversing the planned below inflation uplift in the poundage from 1 April 2020
  • a fixed rates relief of up to £5,000 for all pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 from 1 April 2020

As soon as further details are provided, we will ensure that relevant information is made available; please look out for an enclosure, which will be issued in the near future along with your Non-Domestic Rates for Financial Year 2020/21.

New market development grants

To help businesses plan for a return to more normal trading conditions, the Council is offering grants of up to £2500 for projects aimed at establishing new markets with customers across the wider UK or internationally.  The grant is open to all micro, small and medium sized companies in the Council area.  Contact businessdevelopment@pkc.gov.uk for more details.

Recruitment and training incentives

Our employability team can assist with the rural employment incentives and other recruitment and training support during and after this ongoing difficult period, please email thehub@pkc.gov.uk or call them on 01738 459609 to discuss further. More information can be found on our The Hub - Signposting your future page.

Daily e-bulletin for businesses

We have also begun issuing a daily e-bulletin for local businesses: see the links below for the most recent bulletins. To sign up, visit the Invest in Perth website.