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Coronavirus (COVID-19): funding for brewers, travel agents and indoor football centres

Additional funding in recognition of the specific challenges that businesses operating in these sectors are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

Published:
27 Jan 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): funding for brewers, travel agents and indoor football centres

The Scottish Government is committing additional funding to support brewers, travel agents and indoor football centres in recognition of the specific challenges that businesses operating in these sectors are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

Eligible businesses will receive grants of up to £25,000, depending on the rateable value of the premises from which they operate, as part of a £7.3 million package of funding from the Scottish Government. Brewers may be eligible for an additional £5,000 based on their annual production.

These schemes have been developed in conjunction with the relevant industry bodies in order to provide targeted support for these sectors.

Overview

Award levels take account of the exceptional circumstances that businesses in these sectors are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 regulations and should not be regarded as setting a precedent for future business support

Grant will be awarded based on Rateable Value.  Eligible businesses will receive a:

  • £10,000 grant for a property from which they operate with a rateable value of £18,000 or under; or
  • a £25,000 grant for a property from which they operate with a rateable value between £18,001 and £51,000; or

Additionally, brewers which operate from with a premises with rateable value over £51,000 or production over 5,000HL in 2019 will be eligible for a grant of £30,000.

Businesses operating multiple sites will be eligible for a grant for each of the premises from which they operate in accordance with the award levels set out above.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for support under this scheme you must meet the following common and sectoral criteria.

  • The rateable value of the property is considered to be as per local authority records at 1 November 2020. Any changes to the valuation roll after 1 November 2020 including changes backdated to this date should be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility.  However if a property was requested to be entered into the roll or the entry modified before 1 November but delayed for administrative or systemic reasons, local authorities have discretion to consider such business eligible.
  • The businesses applying for support must also meet the following criteria and where necessary supply appropriate documentation to substantiate each.
  • The business must have a Business Bank Account.
  • The business must not have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions. 
  • The business must not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020.
  • Applicants are required to declare all previous support received from UK or Scottish or Local Government support schemes to provide local authorities with the necessary information to ensure payments are made correctly and compliant with EC State Aid limits.

Additional eligibility criteria for indoor football centres:

  • must operate from premises that pay Non-Domestic Rates and be wholly indoor; hybrid centres with indoor and outdoor facilities are excluded.

Additional eligibility criteria for breweries:

  • must operate from premises that pay Non-Domestic Rates and be registered with HMRC under the term of Excise Duty Notice 226. 
  • must confirm that they are currently registered producers under the terms of this Excise Duty Notice 226 and retain details of their Registration Number.
  • Under the terms of Excise Notice 226, must have submitted a duty return for December under to prove that they are actively trading.
  • To be eligible for the highest rate of funding on production grounds, breweries must also provide Notice 226 documentation confirming 2019 and/or 2020 production levels at or in excess of 5,000HL.
  • Awards levels to breweries with RV above £51,000 and with licensed premises should be reduced to take account of any hospitality top up payment claimed or received in January 2021. Taking account of the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure top up grant will therefore cap payments to breweries with onsite licensed premises from this fund to £5,000.

Additional eligibility criteria for  travel agents

  • Must be agency, limited companies or sole traders that sells outbound travel services to customers for business and/or leisure purposes and which operate from fixed premises that are registered for Non-Domestic rates in a Scottish local authority area.

Next Steps

You do not need to apply for this funding.  Your local authority will contact you shortly to begin the process of gathering information in support of your claim.