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VAT Reductions

On the 8th July ’20 the UK Government announced that it would introduce a temporary cut in VAT, from 20% to 5%. The reduction would apply to businesses that are already VAT registered and would include eat-in or hot takeaway food and non-alcoholic drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs; accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites and attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos.  The […]

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

On Wednesday 8th July 20, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the “eat out to help out” discount as part of a series of measures to restart the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Starting on the 3rd August, the deal means people can get up to £10 off per head if they eat out from Monday to Wednesday.  The discount will not apply […]

Furlough Bonus Scheme for Employers

On Wednesday 8th July the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has offered firms a £1,000 bonus for every furloughed employee they keep on until the end of January, and pay at least £520 a month.  The government’s furlough scheme will close in October. The scheme has been paying up to 80% of the wages of nine million people who can’t work because of the […]

Kick Start Scheme

A £2bn Kickstart scheme will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment.  As part of the July 20 Summer Statement, chancellor Rishi Sunak said that the Kickstart Scheme was “A new programme to give hundreds of thousands of young people, in every region and nation […]

Rural Micro-Enterprise Recovery and R...

Micro-enterprises* and self-employed people in rural areas are disproportionately affected by the current coronavirus crisis.   *A ‘micro-enterprise’ is any business employing fewer than 10 people and/or with a turnover less than £500k   The REDS project aims to provide funding, support and collaboration opportunities to the small businesses of rural Scotland.  Crowd Funding   The organisation’s immediate focus is to establish […]

July Funding bulletin from Argyll and...

Argyll and Bute Council produce a monthly interactive funding bulletin which is designed to help groups, businesses and individuals find their way through the funding maze. It also has a dedicated section to Covid-19 grants and loans.   To view, use the link below.   https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sites/default/files/funding_alert_198_july_2020.pdf If you require any further information regarding funding, please contact  Alison Clark   Covid-19 Response Coordinator  Tiree Community Development Trust   […]

SBBS Funding closing date announced ...

This Scottish Government fund (administered by local authorities) is available to business ratepayers. The closing date was originally March 2021, but this has been updated and the fund is now closing on the 10th July 2020. For further information please see link below:   https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-businesses#bsf You can start the application process here.   https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/forms/business-support-fund-application If you require any further information regarding funding, please contact  Alison […]

Update from CalMac Ferries Regarding ...

Earlier this week, our Managing Director, Robbie Drummond shared an update about the introduction on the next phase of our timetable, along with details on how we are managing COVID19 regulations and restrictions. We are pleased to now publish the next phase of our timetable. This will be in operation from 1 July 2020 until 14 July 2020. Bookings will […]

Scottish Government Sectoral Guidance...

The Scottish Government have produced a set of guidance notes to assist business owners and managers in a variety of industries (Construction, fisheries, sports, culture and tourism, hospitality, retail and others) with the implementation Covid-Safe working practices.   Information about your sector can be found here:   https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/#businessesandemployers If you require any further information regarding funding or business information, please contact  Alison Clark   Covid-19 Response Coordinator  Tiree Community Development Trust   E: alison@tireetrust.org.uk  T: 07741 489 959 

Free Open University Courses

Employees in Scotland who are in furlough or face redundancy due to COVID-19 are being encouraged to apply for a new selection of fully funded modules by The Open University in Scotland that offer vital post-pandemic skills.  Supported by the Scottish Funding Council’s Upskilling Fund, the modules have been selected by The Open University (OU) […]