New Guidance and Funding Support Announced

 

Responding to new transport guidance shared today by Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson MSP & the publication of the Scottish Government’s Transport Transition Plan, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

"When and how we return to the workplace is a pressing priority for businesses, employees and customers. Today's guidance is a helpful starting point on the role public transport will play and the modifications we can expect.

"Changes to capacity, ticketing and timetabling across transport options will mean employers will have to adapt to the guidance and remain flexible as we manage a phased return to the workplace.

"Given the constraints that will exist in the public transport system, local authorities should actively review local policies such as minimising car parking fees to help reduce the costs for employers and our employees.

"Business will proactively work with transport operators to ensure safety of our employees and customers as we re-design the transportation of our people, customers and goods."

 

Fiona Hyslop DGArts Festival

Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP new manufacturing & retail sector guidance today, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“We have been calling for detailed guidance from the Scottish Government on safety measures to enable businesses to begin to plan and prepare. It is welcome to see these issued for our manufacturing and retailing businesses. Operating safely and safeguarding the health of our employees, customers and supply chains is in the best interests of all of us.

“We will now look at this detail to understand what businesses in these sectors need to do practically in order to begin to prepare for re-opening. We will be working with the Scottish Government and companies across Scotland to adapt, adopt and implement these guidelines. It would now be helpful to see timelines so that businesses and our employees have a common goal in sight.

“Further, the Test and Trace system will be a major contributor to Scotland being able to open for business.’’

 

 

Responding to these measures as outlined by the Cabinet Secretary, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The Scottish Government has shown it is listening to the needs of businesses. For those businesses that are still small but operate from expensive premises, this is a lifeline. Likewise, for those that operate from shared office spaces. Whilst gaps still remain in overall business support provision, this intervention is welcome and the government must now ensure that cash gets to businesses in crisis as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving further details later this week.”

 

Fiona Hyslop MSP also outlined further measures that the Scottish Government are taking to support more businesses adversely affected by Covid-19:

  • Extending the eligibility of the current small business and retail, hospitality and leisure grant to businesses that occupy multiple premises with a cumulative value above 51k
  • And also to businesses occupying premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units where the landlord is the ratepayer.
  • In addition, for those businesses that were ineligible to apply for Hardship Funds because they did not have a Business Bank Account, the Scottish Government will be exploring ways of how to support those companies. Further details will be released later this week.

Responding to these measures as outlined by the Cabinet Secretary, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The Scottish Government has shown it is listening to the needs of businesses. For those businesses that are still small but operate from expensive premises, this is a lifeline. Likewise, for those that operate from shared office spaces. Whilst gaps still remain in overall business support provision, this intervention is welcome and the government must now ensure that cash gets to businesses in crisis as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving further details later this week.”