Hyslop highlights new figures which show that 2,275 businesses in West Lothian have received support from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus.
A total of £25.83 million has been awarded to businesses in West Lothian through a Scottish Government scheme designed to support small, local businesses mitigate some of the impact from the coronavirus.
Fiona Hyslop, who is also the Economy Secretary, has been working through the Coronavirus crisis to make sure that Scottish Government funds have been reaching businesses.
‘From the volume of cases I have received, I know the pandemic has put real pressure on local businesses in West Lothian’
‘I want to thank hard working Council officials, often working from home, in dealing with these grants which have greatly helped many businesses’
‘This package of business support has been a life-line to many businesses and helped alleviate hardship faced by individuals and businesses due to the coronavirus’
‘I would encourage any local businesses that are re-opening and needing advice or support to check out the Scottish Enterprises Coronavirus Advice website: https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/support-for-businesses/coronavirus-covid-19-advice
A £10,000 grant is available to non-domestic ratepayers with properties in receipt of:
- Small Business Bonus Scheme relief (SBSS) or Rural Relief
- Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Business Growth Accelerator, Discretionary Sports Relief, Enterprise Areas Relief or Fresh Start but eligible for SBSS
A £25,000 grant is available to the ratepayers of properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with property with a rateable value between £18,001 – £51,000.