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We’re here for our members in challenging times.

This page is updated with the latest available information, guidance and support from SCDI, government and others.

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We’re representing your views at the highest level, liaising on a daily basis with UK Government and Scottish Government Ministers and officials, as well as key stakeholders in key agencies. Our collective voice continues to successfully inform and influence government action which is saving businesses, jobs and livelihoods.

Our growing online events programme gives you access to thought leadership, expert advice, practical case studies and more to help you steer your business or organisation through the crisis.


Key workers

  • Do you employ key workers? Are you a key worker? The Scottish and UK governments are expanding the COVID-19 testing programme. A new portal and new guidance is available for employers and employees.

Businesses and Organisations

Large Employers


  • SMEs can apply for up to £1m in emergency loans from Scottish Government.
  • New Bounce Back Loan Scheme to help SMEs borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 through a network of accredited lenders, with 100% government guarantee and no fees or interest in the first 12 months. It will open on 4 May, with payments reaching businesses within days.
  • SMEs in the housebuilding sector will be able to apply to an emergency loan fund from 18 May.
  • Scottish Government doubled size of Critical Enterprises Resilience Fund, which will be reopened shortly after huge demand.
  • Self-Employed Income Support Scheme launched with a taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been extended. SMEs with annual turnover of up to £45m can access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to six years. All viable SMEs now eligible, not just those unable to secure regular commercial financing.
  • Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for workers who have been off due to COVID-19. System is not yet running.
  • Lenders stopped from requesting personal guarantees for loans under £250,000 and agreed operational changes to speed up lending approvals.
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund’s £50m Heritage Emergency Fund provides grants between £3,000 and £50,000 to heritage sector.
  • Museums Galleries Scotland £700k Urgent Response Fund for small arts, culture and heritage organisations.
  • Non-Domestic Rates relief worth 1.6% is being automatically applied to all non-domestic properties by all 32 local authorities.
  • Non-Domestic Rates relief worth 100% will be available shortly for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.
  • Small businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure can for a one-off grant of £25,000 from their local authority. Applicants have been requested to patient in the face of stretched resources and high levels of demand.
  • Small businesses who benefit from the Small Business Bonus can for a one-off grant of £10,000 from their local authority. Applicants have been requested to patient in the face of stretched resources and high levels of demand.
  • Small businesses who get Rural Relief can apply for a one-off grant of £10,000.
  • Be the Business have produced insurance advice for SMEs, including a 5-minute checklist and resource signposting.
  • Free virtual and local support is available from Business Gateway.


Can you step up or start production of PPE for NHS Scotland? Check the guidance and email

Do you have a 3D printer in your organisation? Could you help produce protective visors for frontline health & social care staff? Get in touch with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Let us know how you’re helping your people, partners, customers and communities respond to the crisis by emailing


Our COVID-19 Briefing


Our response to COVID-19 Impact Inquiry


State of the Nation - May 2020

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