COVID-19 discussions with self-catering businesses on business recovery following pandemic: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

“I would like to request details of the level of engagement, in the form of discussions, that have taken place between the hospitality sector, specifically self-catering businesses, and the Scottish Government on business recovery following the pandemic.”


The Scottish Government has engaged regularly with the hospitality sector and specifically with self-catering businesses throughout the pandemic to understand operating conditions and to develop support to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and enable recovery. We have regular dialogue with representative stakeholder bodies and work closely with Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) and will continue to do so.

Please see below some of the engagements that took place over the course of Covid-19 pandemic:

Date Stakeholder SG Representation
Weekly STERG meetings – All dates and minutes can be found here:
Latest STERG Information and Updates - COVID-19 |
06/07/21 ASSC meeting Ivan McKee / SG officials
10/06/21 Airbnb / ASSC meeting SG Officials
23/03/21 Conference Call: ASSC Fergus Ewing / SG officials
20/01/21 Conference Call: Association of Scotland's Self-
Caterers/Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association
Fergus Ewing / SG officials
10/12/20 ASSC meeting SG officials
11/11/20 First Minister call with Scottish Tourism Alliance
and ASSC
First Minister / SG officials
23/09/20 Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers (ASSC)
and membership seminar
Fergus Ewing / SG officials
02/06/20 Airbnb - UK Policy Officer Fergus Ewing / SG officials

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