In these last few months, we’ve sacrificed so much to protect and support one another.
Together, we’re tackling COVID-19. Now it’s time to work together for the recovery.
For our part, the SNP will work tirelessly to protect jobs, support businesses, and invest in the industries of tomorrow.
We’ve already started – with a £2.3 billion support and the £230m Return To work package investing in jobs across the country, we’re helping sectors that have been badly hit like oil and gas to save jobs and transition to green energy and we’re providing as much certainty as we can so businesses know when they can reopen.
And as businesses start to reopen, we need your support to get Scotland moving again so when it’s safe to do so, every purchase you will make helps to keep people employed, puts money back in people’s pockets and helps get our communities buzzing again.
This page aims to provide all the information and guidance you need.
We’ll be publishing all the help available for business and will help you to learn about best practice.
And you’ll find support and learn about all the exciting training, upskilling and career opportunities available to everyone.
We can all help Scotland recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Let’s get on with building a more resilient, sustainable and fairer country.
Investing in Scotland’s entrepreneurs and innovators
A comprehensive £38 million package of support for innovative early-stage businesses, whose routes to investment and growth have been impacted by the pandemic, has been announced by the Scottish Government.
This new package meets the challenges of COVID-19 head-on, providing young and innovative businesses with the most comprehensive and generous package of support available anywhere in the UK.
— Scot Gov Economy (@scotgoveconomy) July 10, 2020
Supporting outdoor hospitality to help businesses adapt to physical distancing
Scotland’s hospitality industry is vital to our economy – which is why we took immediate steps to address the financial impact of coronavirus, including a £320 million support package for the tourism and hospitality sector.
As the industry re-opens with physical distancing measures, we’re temporarily relaxing regulations on planning to support the industry and help them enable physical distancing more effectively.
The changes will ensure that areas such as public footpaths may be used for seating, open-sided gazebos can be added, and businesses have more flexibility.
From today, bars and restaurants which have outdoor areas can re-open in Scotland.
Follow these rules to stay safe ⬇
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) July 6, 2020
Lifeline support for performing arts venues as part of Scottish Government’s culture support package
Our performing arts venues, the talented freelancers who work with them are an essential part of the fabric of Scotland’s culture and communities – and we’re doing everything we can to ensure they will survive and be able to thrive again after the pandemic.
Created as part of the Scottish Government’s £185million Business Support Fund, the new £10million Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund will help venues who cannot yet reopen to their audiences due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus.
💷 New £10m dedicated fund will help to support Scotland’s theatres, performing arts and freelancers.
🎭 Run by Creative Scotland, the fund will provide a critical financial injection and help Scotland's cultural sector thrive again. pic.twitter.com/NUqznVUJoD
— The SNP (@theSNP) July 3, 2020
New tourism taskforce to aid the sector’s recovery
A new taskforce, made up of more than 30 businesses with experience from across the industry and co-chaired by Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing and Business Minister Jamie Hepburn, has been created to drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s vital tourism sector.
It will meet regularly in the coming weeks to provide strategic advice on recovering from the impacts of the pandemic.
Its creation follows a package of measures including the recently published tourism and hospitality guidance and a business support package worth more than £2.3 billion.
The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce met today for the first time. Co-chaired by @FergusEwingMSP and @JamieHepburn, the group is represented by over 30 organisations from across the industry and will look at how to support recovery.
— Scot Gov Culture (@culturescotgov) June 25, 2020
National Partnership for Culture set up to deliver a strategy for Scotland’s cultural sector
The National Partnership for Culture (NPC), made up of 14 experts from across Scotland’s culture sector, has been established to advise on challenges facing the culture sector from the coronavirus pandemic, and to build a strategy to help cultural institutions recover.
The National Partnership for Culture will provide strategic advice to @scotgov on promoting culture in Scotland. The group met for the first time today.
— Scot Gov Culture (@culturescotgov) June 24, 2020
Scottish Government outlines measures to aid economic recovery
Since the start of the pandemic, the Scottish Government has been working round the clock to protect jobs, businesses and the Scottish economy from the challenging impacts of COVID-19.
This has included, so far, a £2.3 billion tailored package of business support, the new £230 million Return To Work package of stimulus, an independent advisory group on economic recovery, and more.
Keep an eye on this page for further updates on Scotland’s journey to recovery.
💷 We're doing everything we can to support Scotland's economic recovery in these challenging times.
🏴 Together, we'll build a more sustainable, resilient and fairer country. pic.twitter.com/TwRSFEIOkT
— The SNP (@theSNP) June 19, 2020
Scotland’s new rules and guidance for Phase 2 of lockdown
In Scotland, we have now entered Phase 2 of gradually easing lockdown restrictions, as set out in the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown.
Together, we’ve made substantial progress in suppressing the virus – which was made possible by the efforts and sacrifices we’ve all made by sticking with the lockdown restrictions.
The progress we’ve made means that we can now move into Phase 2 of the route map towards restoring as much normality as possible.
Here’s all you need to know about Phase 2, what the new rules are, and what it means for you.
In Scotland, we have now entered Phase 2 of gradually easing lockdown restrictions, as sAdd Sectionet out in the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown. Together, we’ve made substantial progress in suppressing the virus – which was made possible by the efforts and sacrifices we’ve all made by sticking with the lockdown restrictions.
We’ve provided £2.3 billion of support in response to the economic impact of coronavirus
The COVID pandemic is health emergency but we also recognise it has caused an economic emergency aswell. We’re responding to that emergencing with unprecedented levels of support for businesses and working families across Scotland.
We’ve already invested £2.3 billion in support, more than Westminster’s consequentials have given to Scotland, and we’ll continue to do more when and where we can.
Protecting jobs, restoring confidence and stimulating the economy – all reasons why I announced a £230m ‘Return to Work’ capital investment package today.
– £51m to boost high growth companies
– £78m for construction
– £66m to kickstart green recovery
– £35.5m digitisation
— Kate Forbes MSP (@KateForbesMSP) June 16, 2020