Coronavirus (COVID-19) ADVICE

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

Outside HIE's head office, An Lochran on Inverness Campus

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 several sectors, employers and employees on how to return to work and the steps that need to be taken to do that safely. Information on COVID-19 protection levels that come into effect 02 November have also been published. Find out what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.

Read guidance 

Lochaline Harbour

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

PACE logo

Redundancy support for people and businesses in Scotland

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.  

Find out more here 


Protect Scotland app

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid further lockdowns.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for COVID-19. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Update 27 October: The Protect Scotland app is now also compatible with tracing apps in Northern Ireland and Jersey.

Download the app


Updated 30 October 2020

COVID-19 protection levels: Scotland's Strategic Framework has been published including details on the new 5-level tier system. It sets out the Scottish Government's strategic approach to suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there, while we strive to return to a more normal life for as many people as possible. The new levels are to be introduced from 02 November. 

laboratory test samples in blue tubes

Can you help with any of these critical asks for help?

Businesses are being called upon to help with critical supplies for the NHS and other care workers.

Can you help?

Advice for employers and job opportunities

Skills Development Scotland has launched a new service for employers looking to fill jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.This is a free platform to share immediate job opportunities in Scotland. 

Visit the job hub




Peter MacDonald, Director of 4c Engineering based on Inverness Campus

Highlands and Islands based businesses working on the front line against COVID-19

Read about some of the Highlands and Islands based businesses already working on the front line to help battle the spread of the virus.

Find out who's involved and what they're doing 

Everyone has a role to play 

Everyone - businesses, social enterprises, communities and individuals - need to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. Make sure you're following the latest guidance issued. Have a look at the NHS inform pages for the latest public health information. 

Visit NHS inform

Carroll Buxton, HIE deputy chief executive

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.

Contact your account manager


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