Business support fund expands criteria

A £1 million fund to support hospitality businesses directly impacted by the local Aberdeen restrictions implemented on 5 August 2020 will now include sit-in cafes and restaurant businesses that were closed but offering a takeaway service.

At the same time, the Council is inviting applications for the Discretionary Scheme for premises that were impacted by the lockdown, but did not have to close.

Aberdeen City Council is administering the funding, provided by the Scottish Government, which opened to applications on 20 August.

Under today’s change, premises forced to close as they could not serve customers onsite, but offered a takeaway service, can now apply under the general criteria of the scheme.

The Discretionary Scheme has been designed to support retail, hospitality and related premises that were impacted by local restrictions  – which were relaxed this week  – but were not required to close.

Business premises with a Rateable Value (RV) of under £51,000 are eligible for a grant of £1,000. Those with an RV over £51,000 are eligible for a grant of £1,500. Businesses can only apply to the scheme once per premises.

Full criteria and an application form can be found here

Queries should be directed to mailto: businessgrowthteam@aberdeencity.gov.uk