Support for business community - Coronavirus

The council continues to work on behalf of our business and communities to minimise the negative impact on the economy and ensure businesses have the support they need throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are liaising closely with both the UK and Scottish governments and other partner organisations to deliver vital guidance and assistance at this very difficult time. Please monitor these pages for the most up-to-date information available to the Aberdeenshire community.

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

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.

If you require cross service support in order to assist in your business re-opening or adapting following lock down restrictions, please fill in the Easing Lockdown Support form and we will assist you with your enquiry or table your proposal at our Easing Lockdown Support Forum.

Please send full details of your proposal including site location plan, any other plans, photographs or detail that may allow a full response to Please add your site address into the subject of the email; the more comprehensive your submission the quicker we can respond.

Essential services and key workers

View guidance on essential services and key workers.

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.


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


View support available for self-employed.

Loan schemes

View information on loan schemes available for businesses.


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


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: