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Tourism body welcomes new Covid grants for larger self-catering premises and B and Bs



A Scottish tourism body has welcomed a Scottish Government announcement on funds to support larger self-catering properties and Bed and Breakfast premises.

The announcement on Wednesday evening clarified details of a support scheme announced by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing on 21 December.

Marc Crothall, chief executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance said last evenings announcement providing firm dates on when applications for aid could be submitted was “hugely welcomed and provides the timeline that businesses have been urgently seeking.”

He said industry representative were “very appreciative of the fact that they have been given the opportunity to work with representatives of Scottish Government, VisitScotland and the enterprise agencies to shape the criteria of the various funding schemes to ensure that this support reaches the businesses who need it most at what is undoubtedly the darkest period our industry has ever experienced.”

The STA said it would continue to work closely with the Scottish Government and VisitScotland to ensure that all eligible businesses were accessing support as quickly as possible.

He added: “We will continue to make direct representation to ministers in both Scottish and UK governments for what is without question, a need for a further package of continued financial support and other forms of fiscal relief.

“We will also continue to make the point that support will be required until such time the tier restrictions are relaxed sufficiently to allow businesses to trade to a level that they can meet their overheads and remain solvent.”

The £7m Large Self-Catering Grant and the Exclusive Use Grant was announced as part of the £104m tourism and hospitality package in December.

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Eligible self–catering businesses will be able to apply for one off grant support of £2,000. Eligible exclusive use premises will be able to apply for £10,000 in grant support.

All self-catering properties, B&Bs and guest houses that are eligible at Level 4 for Non Domestic Rates relief can now apply to the Strategic Framework Business Fund, which provides grants for businesses required to close by law as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. In most cases this will be payments of £2,000 every four weeks.

Ewing confirmed that support equivalent to the Strategic Framework Business Fund will also now be available to B&Bs which do not pay Non Domestic Rates but pay council tax. This support will be paid by local authorities.

The Tourism Secretary said: “It is clear that some larger self-catering properties have been uniquely impacted, initially by the rule restricting the number of guests to six from two households, and then by the single household rule.

“I am pleased to confirm the details of this extra support for self-catering businesses.

“This will be targeted directly where it is needed most, to those self-catering businesses that have been severely impacted by the restriction on household numbers.

“All self-catering and other accommodation providers are already in scope for regular payments from the SFBF and I would encourage business owners to make sure they have registered with their local authority for this support.”



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