View updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) and council services. A postcode checker has been launched to make it easy to find out what the COVID protection level is where you live. If you are affected and need assistance, please visit Grampian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Hub.

Support for business community - Coronavirus

If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to current restrictions, you might be eligible for grants from the COVID-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund.

With the escalation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure the businesses and communities of Aberdeenshire that we are working on your behalf to minimise the negative impact on the economy. We are liaising closely with both the UK and Scottish governments and will continue to do so as the situation develops. From this, we aim to develop a transferable action plan that will help us to assist our businesses and residents.

Together with our partner organisations, we will work, as far as is practically possible, to lessen the negative impact that is being felt from the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for your business and we are here to support you.

We also share updates as they become available on Twitter and LinkedIn. If you have a specific request and wish to contact a member of the Aberdeenshire Economic Development team, please email econdev@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

View advice on reopening a business. The information is supported by officers from a number of services in the council, such as Trading Standards, Area Teams and Economic Development. The 'one stop' mailbox where all enquiries can be sent is easinglockdownsupport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.


Essential services and key workers

View guidance on essential services and key workers.


Business grants

Find out about COVID-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund, the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund, the COVID-19 Discretionary Business Fund and Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund.


Returning to workplace guidance

View advice on reopening a business and guidance for employers and employees on how to work safely.


Sector specific support

View support available for specific sectors such as food businesses, tourism, oil and gas sector, seafood, third sector, creative community and small bed and breakfasts.


Employees

View information on job retention scheme and statutory sick pay. View details about the Kickstart job placement scheme


Self-employed

View support available for self-employed and information about the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund.


Loan schemes

View information on loan schemes available for businesses.


Tax

View information on VAT deferral, time-to-pay and IR35 off payroll deferral.


Recovery

View information on business recovery support such as Future Fund.


Other available funding and support

View other sources of funding and supportFind out more about eviction and protection for renters.


Economic Development work review

Please view a brief snapshot view of some of the work that has been taking place over the past year of 2020 by Economic Development: