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Support for the construction industry

Support and initiatives set up for the construction industry during COVID-19

Guidance on construction sites and associated works 

Updated 15 July: COVID-19 guidance for the construction sector 

The guidance, intended to be used by the construction sector, is part of a set of documents which first came into effect on 06 April 2020 and extends until further notice.

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Funding and support

18 May 2020: The Scottish Government has launched a £100 million emergency loan fund supporting small and medium-sized housebuilders with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of the housebuilding sector as a result of COVID-19 (18 May 2020).

There are multiple funds available from the Scottish and UK Governments that have been launched as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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i-Con: COVID-19 support for the construction industry

The i-Con offers an Innovation Challenge Fund, a Knowledge Hub and an Online Learning Platform.

This is designed to match those faced with current challenges, with those in industry and academia who can offer rapid, impact-focused solutions in a bid to build resilience through innovation.

CSIC is asking public and private sector organisations, trade associations and the wider construction sector, who are impacted by the current crisis, to register their challenge on the portal.

These challenges will be widely communicated in a bid to attract industry and academic experts, known as ‘Solution Providers’, to step forward with proposed solutions. This matchmaking process will help to build collaboration teams who can access support and expertise, apply to the fund for financial support and co-create solutions.

The i-Con Innovation Challenge Fund, managed by CSIC using funding from the Scottish Government through a partnership of the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and potentially other organisations, is available to the sector through an online collaboration portal.

Access the i-Con toolkit