South Scotland MSP Emma Harper has welcomed additional support from the Scottish Government for small businesses across Dumfries and Galloway.

Small businesses which share properties but do not pay business rates are now eligible to apply for grants to help with the impact of COVID-19.

The extension to the Small Business Grant Fund will apply to firms occupying shared office spaces, business incubators or shared industrial units and who lease the space from a registered, rate-paying landlord. Separately, eligibility has also been extended to companies occupying multiple premises with a cumulative value of more than £51,000.

The South Scotland MSP has also emphasised that the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes will close for new applications on the 10th of July and has encouraged people across the region to ensure their application is submitted by then.


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Commenting, Ms Harper said:

“The Scottish Government’s comprehensive package of business support is now worth more than £2.3 billion. The programme of support is kept under constant review, and the Scottish Government are always looking for ways to extend eligibility to help more businesses. This is precisely why I welcome these additional support measures which will undoubtably support businesses across D&G.

“Small businesses – who are the backbone of our economy and society across South West Scotland – can now apply for financial support if they occupy shared office space, business incubators or shared industrial units, so long as they rent the space from a rate-paying landlord. This will allow many small businesses not yet entitled to support to access a much-needed financial injection of up to £10,000.

“Additionally, it has been brought to my attention that new applications for the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes have slowed in recent weeks and that applications will close on the 10th of July. I therefore encourage eligible businesses to ensure they have applied before this date.”