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Coronavirus (COVID-19) ADVICE

Updates as they become available to support businesses and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Support and funding for business and communities during COVID-19

The UK and Scottish Government have put financial measures in place to help businesses, communities and the third sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There's a number of packages you can access now as well as a number in development that will be communicated as soon as possible. 

Find out what's available now

Make sure you also visit the Find Business Support website which is being updated daily with information on funding and guidance from Government and across the public sector. Sign-up for the email bulletins to have information sent directly to you. 

Economic recovery: Advice, guidance and restrictions 

Scottish Government and partners have issued guidance for sectors, employers and employees on how to return to work and the steps that need to be taken to do that safely. Restrictions remain in place. Find out the rules on what you can and cannot do.

Read guidance 

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Support for communities and third sector organisations

We know that communities and third sector organisations deliver vital services throughout our region. We're working on a daily basis with the Scottish Government to bring you the support and resources needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. £350m of community support has been announced with 4 main funds set up to disseminate cash directly where it's needed. Find out more on our communities and third sectors section. 

Support and funding for the third sector

Community Funding Maps

The Scottish Government has produced a new collection of digital maps to display the funding being given to support communities across Scotland affected by COVID-19.

This dashboard has been designed to display summary information on the investment being made by the Scottish Government to help communities across Scotland that have been affected by COVID-19.

Visit the mapping hub

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Redundancy, training and workforce development

Businesses and employees can get free support from Skills Development Scotland to help minimise the impacts of redundancy as a result of COVID-19. 

PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) was set up by the Scottish Government, and also includes DWP (through Jobcentre Plus), local authorities, Citizens Advice, colleges and training providers. Local PACE teams deliver the service across Scotland.

There are a number of new initiatives, support and advice on how to handle redundancy which we're listing on our support section. 

There is also a number of funding and support packages available for training, recruitment and workforce development.  

Find out more here 

Gavin MacKay Head of Energy Industries

Get in touch if we can help

If you’re a business or community in the Highlands and Islands region and have an operational concern or difficulty due to COVID-19, please get in touch.

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