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.

Perth and Kinross will enter Strategic Level 4 Restrictions on Boxing Day, along with the rest of mainland Scotland, for at least three weeks. You can read more Protection Level 4 - Frequently Asked Questions.

This means that only essential businesses will be allowed to open.

Available support for businesses

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.

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.

How we can help

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.

The Scottish Government have announced new measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 during Financial Year 2020/21. These include:-

  • 1.6% rates relief for all properties across Scotland, effectively reversing the planned below inflation uplift in the poundage from 1 April 2020
  • a 100% rates relief for all premises used wholly or mainly for retail, hospitality and leisure purposes

Neither relief has to be applied for and will be included in your Non-Domestic Rates bill for 2020/21.

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 Skills and employment initiatives page.

E-bulletin for businesses

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

Tourism

National tourism agency VisitScotland is administering eight funds on behalf of the Scottish Government:

  1. Pivotal Event Businesses Fund
  2. Sector & Destination Organisation Operational & Market Readiness Fund
  3. Scotland Inbound Tour Operators
  4. Marine & Outdoor Tourism Fund
  5. Event Industry Support Fund
  6. Coach Operators Fund
  7. Visitor Attractions Fund
  8. Hostels Fund

VisitScotland advises the window for applications will be short and will provide guidance a few days ahead of each fund opening so businesses can decide which fund is right for them and then gather the evidence they will be required to submit.

Business Support Webinars

VisitScotland is partnering with Business Gateway's Digital Boost to run a series of free digital webinars over the next few months.

Tourism Industry Covid Impact Survey

The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) published the results of its survey carried out in November and December last year.