Highland Hospitality Businesses Invited To Apply For Funding
17th January 2022
Hospitality businesses who lost bookings during the Christmas/New Year period are to secure grant support from the Scottish Government. Business will receive either a grant of £4,500 or £6,800 depending on their rateable value.
To be eligible the hospitality business must be registered as either a public house; restaurant; cafe; or other licensed premises classed as hospitality such as sports and social clubs; nightclubs, and hotels with bars and restaurants.
Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Trish Robertson said: "If the business is an eligible one, and previously received a grant from the Council, we have written direct to them and have invited them to complete a short online form if they wish to receive grant support. At the moment the grant scheme is open until the end of January, but we urge all businesses not to wait until then but to complete and submit the online form as soon as possible."
"If a hospitality business does not receive a direct email from us, and they think they may be eligible, they must go the Scottish Government's Find Business Support website, read the guidance provided and follow instructions as to how they can apply."
For full up-to-date details of these and any other grant schemes that may become available, affected businesses are advised to go to the Scottish Government's Find Business Support website: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice (external link)
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