Both Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City councils continue to liaise closely with the UK and Scottish Governments and will provide clear and concise information for all businesses to ensure timely access to accurate information about all available support.
Together with partner organisations, both local authorities will work, as far as is practically possible, to lessen the negative impact that is being felt from the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for your business and are here to support you.
Find Business Support Coronavirus advice for businesses in Scotland. Updated daily.
Business Support Finder A webtool to enable businesses and those who are self-employed to quickly identify the support available to them by filling out a brief online questionnaire. Start now.
Business Support Grants & Rates Relief Business grants & rates relief are available to businesses. Find out more.
Jobs Support Scheme This scheme will replace the previous Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (see below) and will run for six months from 1 November 2020.
This scheme will top-up salaries in firms that can't take employees back full-time. To be eligible, employees must work at least a third of their normal hours. For the remaining hours not being worked, the government and employer will each pay a third of the wages.
The scheme is open to small and medium sized businesses (usually defined as firms with 250 employees or less). Large businesses whose revenue has fallen due to coronavirus will also be eligible.
Further information to follow.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 19 March 2020 (extended from the original date of 28 February 2020). This scheme will close on 31 October 2020.
*Please note: This scheme is not being administered by local authorities. Employers will need to apply directly to HMRC via the online portal.
Support for Self-Employed For information on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund click here. Other Scottish Government support Find out about the various national support initiatives that are available. Click here.
Tax Helpline If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 015 9559. Lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and on Saturday, 8am to 4pm.
Filing Accounts with Companies House Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Business Loans A number of business loans have been made available to support businesses through these challenging times. Find out more.