We appreciate this is a very hard time for all licensed venues. The uncertainty over the next few months will be difficult. Best Bar None Scotland will do its best to keep all its members up-to-date with all the latest news available - either here on our website or via our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin accounts.

Latest news from the Scottish License Trade Association:

The Scottish Government’s Q & A website on the emergency measures and funding announced for commercial rates reliefs and grants has gone live and we encourage everyone to visit the site for further information and make regular visits to the site for updates.

Scottish Government Providing Support During Economic Emergency

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has addressed the Scottish Parliament on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Scotland.

In her statement she warned that as a result of coronavirus, the Scottish economy is facing an immediate collapse in demand.

She outlined the actions being taken by the Scottish Government to support businesses including a package of measures worth £2.2 billion from 1st April:-

 a full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism

  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000
  • 6% relief for all properties, effectively freezing the poundage rate next year
  • First Minister to convene an emergency meeting of the Financial Services Advisory Board
  • urging local authorities to relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate temporarily as takeaways
  • extending the go live date for the deposit return scheme to July 2022
  • halting the introduction of the Visitor Levy Bill

The £2.2 billion package of support for business supersedes the £320 million package announced on 14 March and includes an additional £1.9 billion of increased support following the Chancellor’s announcement on 17 March.

The Scottish Government has launched a business helpline to answer questions related to Coronavirus: 0300 303 0660.

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