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Latest business news and support for business in Forth Valley

These are unprecedented times.  We completely understand the challenges businesses are facing and the extremely difficult decisions that have to be made to survive.

To make the right decisions, you need information, but there is so much out there.

To help lift the fog, we have created this news page which will focus on the available business support, both financial and advisory. 

We will search the internet and social media to provide links to only the most succinct and reliable information… plus highlight how other local businesses are managing and surviving.

Please get involved and communicate news that could help other businesses.  If you wish to supply news for our page, please email smccusker@ceteris.co.uk 

Stay safe everyone.


Tuesday April 7


4.25pm:
The Clackmannanshire Business Support Partnership launched last week with this email to businesses across the region and this article in the Alloa Advertiser.

The nine local organisations that make up the Business Support Partnership are working together to provide effective support to our local business community in these unprecedented times.

To stay up-to-date with all the latest business news, grants and advice from the Clackmannanshire Business Support Partnership, sign-up for their weekly email.

3.15pm: 
Free 1-2-1 #DigitalBoost support for businesses in Clackmannanshire available via video link this week.

Business Gateway Clackmannanshire is offering free 1-2-1 support to help businesses transform the impact of their digital offering, whether social media, ecommerce or marketing.

You may need tips on how to ensure your communication is relevant and strong in a crisis, how to pivot the message when required, to know the importance of the digital sales funnel and the secret of over-communicating.

There are a number of appointments available Thurs & Fri this week, email businessgateway@ceteris.co.uk to check availability.

11.57am:
The latest monthly email from The Supplier Develoment Programme can be found here. The SDP has moved all face-to-face training to webinar delivery wherever possible, until the end of May, and has kept cancellations of tender training to a minimum.

11.46am: 
The Scottish Government has made clear that work on construction sites should stop immediately unless it is supporting crucial work during the coronavirus pandemic. In new guidance for the construction industry, which comes into effect immediately, any project deemed essential can only continue operating if it can comply with guidance on social distancing, safety and welfare during the COVID-19 outbreak. Any site unable to meet these requirements should close. New Guidance, April 7.

10.20am:
The FSB has warned that too many businesses are falling through the gaps when it comes to support packages offered by Westminster and Holyrood. Article from The Herald.

10.11am:
The UK Government has updated guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers here.

10.06am:
A new relief fund for bar and restaurant staff who have lost their job and/or income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched.  Applicants need to be subject to one of the following two situations:

  • Redundant and not furloughed
  • On a zero hours contract and worked limited hours in recent months

The assistance provided will be at a fixed rate of £250 and it will be made as a single payment to the recipient’s bank account. Click for further details or to apply.

9.30am: The first round of grants from the Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund are being paid to businesses in Clackmannanshire today. This new fund is administered by Clackmannanshire Council and aims to keep companies in business during this crisis. The Council has already received over 400 applications from local businesses and the application process is still open. You can find out more on their website.

8.06am: The latest email from Business Gateway highlighting this week's Coronavirus Business Support Webinars and detailing other support available can be read here.

7.57am:
Skills Development Scotland have launched a Job Hub for businessess recruiting due to the impact of COVID-19. Advertise your immediate job opportunity for free here.

7.45am:
 Ceteris tenant Stewart Accounting is running a Business Continuity Plan webinar on Thursday at 2pm. It will cover the following topics:

  • Help you build resilience in your team and family at this time
  • Outline the things you should consider now to minimise the impact on your business
  • Share a process, a guide and a template for creating your Business Continuity Plan
  • Give supporting information to help you engage your suppliers, employees, back and advisors to drive empathetic and effective conversations
  • Outline some ways Stewart Accounting can help you fast track the development of your plan

Register for the webinar.

 

Monday April 6

4.19pm:
 The latest CBI webinar, recorded 3 April, gives your daily update on the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business. This webinar also covers China's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Watch full replay here.

4.13pm: 
Business-led innovation fund in response to global disruption launched. 

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20m in innovation projects. The aim of this competition is to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.  Applications should demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society (including communities, families and individuals) or an industry that has been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Applicants can claim 100% of project costs up to the maximum of £50,000. These will be paid in advance of the project. Full details


4.00pm:
Press release - SEPA supports Scottish business adapt to public health emergency. Visit their COVID-19 response hub

2.16pm:
The latest guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been published for employers and employees.

2.08pm:
Clackmannanshire Council is making £20,000 available from their emergency fund to help Clackmannanshire Third Sector Inteface continue to provide support to local organisations who are helping vulnerable residents who are self isolating and can also be used to support volunteer costs such as fuel. CTSi COVID-19 Guidance

12.49pm: The new tax year starts today, find out about changes to tax for the self-employed for 2020-2021 here.

12.25pm: 
In light of the current COVID-19 situation & social distancing, Business Gateway Clackmannanshire are running Webinars instead of Workshops. The next two are specific to issues faced when working from home.

Working From Home - Business Essentials, April 15, 9.30am. Register
Working From Home - Technology Essentials, April 29, 9.30am. Register

View all upcoming webinars here

12.15pm: 
Changes to the Coronavirus Business interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) come into effect today, meaning even more small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can access the funding they need. Find out more

10.05am:
Ceteris tenant Youmanage HR offer advice regarding furloughing employees in this article.

8.35am:
Siabann's new Aloe Vera Hand Sanitiser is now available to buy from their website.  In response to customer demand they have created a 100ml bottle of hand sanitiser using 99.9% alcohol and Aloe Vera gel to keep skin feeling soothed.

For each bottle sold though their website, Siabann will donate a bottle of Aloe Vera Sanitiser to a front line/key worker. 

8.25am: This week's business support email from Alloa First is available to read here.

 

Sunday April 5

8.45am: Great to see the Alloa Advertiser backing the Clackmannanshire Business Support Partnership that launched on Friday.  Ceteris and our partners are working closely together to provide effective support to the local business community during this crisis. Read the full article here.

 

Saturday April 4

9.00am: Saturday update

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

  • In response to feedback received since the schemes launch, all viable small businesses affected by Covid-19, and not just those unable to secure regular commercial financing, will now be eligible.
  • Personal guarantees are not required to secure lending below £250,000. For any borrowing above £250,000 personal guarantees will be capped at 20% of the outstanding value of the loan, as the Government is providing the guarantee for the remaining 80% of the finance. This will apply to all customers that have secured a loan under the scheme since its launch on 23rd March.
  • Scheme expected to run for an initial period of 6 months. There is no limit on the capacity of the scheme.

Innovate UK Grant

  • A £20 million fund to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Provides di minimis grants of between £25,000 and £50,000
  • Now open – closes 17th April at 12:00pm

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

  • Applications are now open
  • There are no deadlines for this fund

Friday April 3

3.45pm: Click here to read the first weekly update email from the new Clackmannanshire Business Support Partnership. Register to recieve next week's email

3.25pm:
A fortnightly update from the CBI on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the UK and global economies is here.

1.20pm: Clackmananshire Business Support Partnership Launched - 
As part of the response to the coronavirus crisis, local support organisations, including Ceteris, have come together to create a new Clackmannanshire Business Support Partnership. We are working together to co-ordinate activity in order to provide effective support to our local business community. Full details here.

12.12pm
Still time to book for the FSB's latest webinar this afternoon at 2pm, "How to access support and help from local councils" Tweet  your questions or concerns using #FSBhelp and register here.

10.02am:
Business Gateway have set up a series of free live webinars next week to help you get to grips with key issues such as Taking Your Business Online, Managing your Business Reputation, How to Use Webinars/Live Streams, Using Facebook for Business and more. Find out more and book onto one here.

9.10am:
Update with regards to the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill. Impacts on businesses include:

  • Some small businesses that are unable to repay debts due to Covid-19 will be able to apply for a six month ‘breathing space’ period.
  • The limitation of applying for ‘breathing space’ once in a 12 month period has also been removed.
  • Licence authorities can extend deadlines for licence applications that allow the sale and supply of alcohol, and taxi and private. 

9.04am: RBS and Prince's Trust launch £5 million coronavirus fund for young entrepreneurs. Business owners aged 18-30 can apply for grants to get the through crisis. Details.

8.17am:
Alloa First are looking for Town Centre businesses to take their "COVID-19 – Alloa First Supporting business to recovery - Survey". The feedback of Town Centre businesses is vital in order that Alloa First can determine priorities in the months ahead. 

8.12am:
The Scottish Chanbers of Commerce comment on UK Chancellor’s announcement of further financial support for Scottish business affected by Covid-19 can be found here.

8.01am:
The emergency loans scheme for businesses struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic has been revamped following strong criticism. The Treasury said it had received more than 130,000 loan enquires from firms but fewer than 1,000 had been approved. More from BBC News here.

7.50am:
Along with Barclays Ventures, Eagle Labs, UCL and University of Edinburgh, Stirling's Codebase are looking at how they can support the NHS in their response to COVID-19. They want to hear from companies that can offer innovative tech solutions to help with the key challenges. Full details here.

Thursday April 2

4.10pm: The latest webinar from the CBI covers how to manage key employment law issues during the pandemic. Full replay here.

13.54pm:
The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the tourism industry - The results of Visit Scotland's second COVID-19 industry survey to monitor and understand the impact of Coronavirus on Scottish tourism businesses, show that 99% of businesses responding have experienced cancellations/decline in bookings or fewer visitors.

12.46pm: 
Financial support for businesses impacted by coronavirus laid out in an easy to follow grid from the CBI

12.29pm: 
Denying coronavirus loans 'completely unacceptable' banks told. BBC Article

11.57am:
The COVID-19 Scottish Business Suport Summary highlights business critical information, financial and advisory, including announcements and instructions for accessing grants and funding. View here. 

10.55am
Latest webinar from The Scottish Business Resilience Centre will look at what business owners need to do to lead their businesses through this difficult time. Friday at 10am, register here.

8.49am: Alloa's Fuel House Cafe is now offering a home delivery service, with no charge for delivery within Clackmannanshire. On offer are home made soups and ready made frozen meals. Check out Twitter or Facebook for full menu.

Call 07460 385888 by Monday 6th for delivery by Tuesday 7th.

8.30am: The latest Visit Scotland email to businesses containing details of support and advice available to Scottish tourism sector can be read here.

Wednesday April 1

2.00pm: The Forth Valley Food Network is putting a call out to all local food and drink businesses who would like to join in some shared promotion - now or later - please get in touch! info@fvl.org.uk

11.20am: 
Clacksfirst BID has suspended levy payments for the foreseeable future. More information to follow. Follow on twitter or click for website. 

9.57am: 
Yesterday, the CBI hosted a webinar on the mental health implications of the coronavirus outbreak and moves to greater levels of remote working. View a full replay here


8.35am:
Scotland Food & Drink have pulled together a table of the comprehensive updates, activity and support available across the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership. To access this resource click here.

You can also read their latest email here.

8.05am: 
The Supplier Development Programme can help small to medium sized businesses, as well as supported businesses, to become “tender ready”. Their training and events are continuing as Webinars, view the list here.

7.45am: 
HMRC Time to Pay Service - The telephone number has been changed to the HMRC Covid-19 Helpline. Businesses and self-employed individuals who are concerned about paying tax due to coronavirus should now call 0800 024 1222.


Tuesday March 31

1.33pm: 
Read about how the Business Gateway Service is extending aid for Scotland's SMEs amid Coronavirus crisis in this article from The Scotsman.

If you are seeking advice regarding what business support, grants or funding is available, email Business Gateway Clackmannanshire at businessgateway@ceteris.co.uk.

12.06pm: 
Business improvement districts (BIDs) in Scotland will be able to continue providing support to local firms during the Covid-19 outbreak through a £1 million resilience fund made available by the Scottish Government. Article from The Scotsman

10.58am:  
Full replay now available of yesterday's CBI Coronavirus Webinar: S
hould business be open or not? This webinar gives you your daily update on the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business. 

10.32am: 
New Government legislation means that employees are now entitled to carry over remaining annual leave due to COVID-19. Details

10.14am: 
In today's The Herald, the FSB's Colin Borland 
says that getting help to business is the current priority if local firms are going to help to drive the recovery. Full Article.

9.47am:
Ceteris tenant Mortgage Simplicity have a new blog, "What Mortgage Holiday Might Mean For You" here.

8.45am:
Statement from from Clackmannanshire's 123v regarding current working practices on website

8.30am: 
Crowdfund Scotland announces new COVID-19 support scheme - Free fundraising for small businesses in local communities is now available via their website

Monday March 30

3.20pm: 
The University of Stirling is continuing to work with Skills Development Scotland to deliver their first Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science in September. To learn more about the benefits of harnessing your data and to explore this innovative route to upskill your existing workforce or recruit ambitious new talent, please email Fiona.mcmillan@stir.ac.uk.


3.13pm:
An update from Alloa-based The Ochil Fudge Pantry regarding safe working pratices and dispatch times can be found here.

2.12pm:
The Supplier Development Programme Scotland have a range of webinar training opportunities this week that you can access from the comfort of your own desk. Get connected with webinars on Tender Procedures, Quick Quotes and working with the Public Sector here.

2.02pm:
10 Step Guide to Furloughing Employees from French Duncan LLP

1.55pm:
Ceteris tenant, Volunteering Matters Scotland has today launched a new volunteer project across Clackmannanshire, Stirling and North Lanarkshire to help those in urgent need of support.  If you, or someone you know, needs help or assistance at this time, please complete this form.

11.43am:
Latest webinar from The Scottish Business Resilience Centre will look at the rise of cyber attacks and scams since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday 10-11am. Sign up here.

11.39am:
Support and Guidance for Social Enterprises from Social Enterprise Scotland. Includes link to their mailing list.

10.17am: 
A new local jobs platform to help connect businesses who are in urgent need of new staff has been launched.  Workers who have found themselves suddenly and unexpectedly out of work due to the current crisis can find employment in sectors that are facing sharply increased demand.
 
The full list of vacancies and instructions for advertising vacancies can be found here.
 
10.02am: If you need to know more about Taking Your Business Online during the Coronavirus outbreak, Business Gateway will take you through all the key points & actions during tonight's webinar at 6pm. Sign up.

9.50am:
Ceteris tenant Bio-kleen (pest control company) is still open and has issued an update on current working practices.

9.42am: 
New support for creative sector during COVID-19 outbreak from Creative Scotland. £11m available.

9.30am: 
Scottish Construction bodies clarify working practices during coronavirus crisis with this statement from newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV).

Sunday March 29

11.15am: Weekend round-up and updates


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • Eligibility criteria states that scheme is open to all UK wide employers with a PAYE scheme that was created on or before 28th February – this includes businesses, charities, recruitment agencies (agency workers paid through PAYE) and public authorities
  • Employer must have a UK bank account
  • HMRC will pay employers a grant worth 80% of an employee’s usual wage cost, up to £2,500 per month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that subsidised wage.
  • Furloughed employees must have been on your PAYE payroll on 28 February 2020 and can be on any type of contract including full time employees; part-time employees; employees on agency contracts; employees on flexible or zero hours contracts
  • Further guidance for employers here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

  • Eligible individuals who have not submitted their Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for 2018-19 must do so by 23 April 2020
  • Note advising that once individuals are invited to apply, this will be accessed through GOV.UK and any emails, calls or texts asking for personal information should be treated as a scam.
  • Additional Guidance

£25k Grant for Hospitality, Leisure and Retail

  • Eligible businesses now includes ‘caravans and self-catering accommodation that are the primary income for the ratepayer and let out for 140 days or more in 2019-20'.  Link.

Business Support for Private and Third Sector Childcare Providers

  • All private and third sector providers who provide funded ELC in their settings will continue to receive payments from their local authority for these funded ELC hours.

Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

  • Fund open to charities and grassroots community organisations providing grant funding of between £1,000 and £5,000
Changes to insolvency regulations
  • Changes announced to the UK's insolvency system to help businesses keep trading during the Coronavirus outbreak. Financial Times Link
Saturday March 28

10.52am: The Forth Valley Breakfast Buzz networking group will now be meeting via Zoom. Their next session will be Tuesday 31st at 9am with Laura from Armet Accounting providing an overview of the help they can provide to the self employed. Join Breakfast Buzz mailing list here for details on how to join the session. Email will be sent on Monday.

10.42am: Alloa's Bio-Kleen are still carrying out emergency calls and routine visits where requested by customers (subject to a risk assessment). Call 07903 370002 or visit Facebook page.

10.34am:
If you missed the FSB's latest
webinar on financial help for SMEs and the self-employed, you can watch if back in full here: https://bit.ly/2WPmY1U

Friday March 27

2.29pm:
  The Stirling Internship Programme has a small subsidy fund to support virtual summer part-time and full-time internships over the next few months. 

They are particularly keen to support SMEs, charities and social enterprises who are providing essential services that students can carry out in a virtual capacity.

This could be:
  • supporting you to deliver your business online
  • overseeing some of your social media
  • helping you with funding applications
  • carrying out important research to help your organisation moving forward
If you have an internship idea in mind, please email internship@stir.ac.uk

2.14pm: Full replay now available of yesterday's CBI Coronavirus Webinar: Access to finance.

This webinar gives you your daily update on the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business. This webinar also covers how to access the latest support measures for businesses.

1.30pm: Update to Ceteris tenants on operational access here.

12.49pm:
10% discount for NHS, Pharmacy & Care Home staff from Pets Direct at Alloa Trade Centre on all non-edible products such as beds, toys, cages, collars, leads, grooming etc. Facebook Post. Offer now UPDATED.

12.47pm
Alloa's The Ochil Fudge Pantry are still taking orders on their website.

12.42pm:
Food and drink businesses - If you have surplus food that you’d like to redistribute, Zero Waste Scotland can help you to find networks in your area. Email food.drink@zerowastescotland.org.uk or read their guide on how to redistribute safely and effectively. 

12.14pm: 
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Business Support Hub has been created to enable businesses to find useful information quickly.  The Hub is updated daily and includes information on business support, access to finance, contact numbers, public information and travel advice. Click here.

12.04pm:
The  Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory is now live. If you / your business can offer support to an individual or org impacted by COVID-19, register on the directory.

10.09am:
JUST ANNOUNCEDNew Business Gateway Webinars next week

Taking your business online 

If you are able to move your services/products online then this free webinar is for you. It will look at what you need to focus in on to make it work for you.  Including online payments, equipment, digital platforms, communication and marketing. Book using the links below.

30/03/20 – 6pm-8pm Taking your business online
01/04/20 – 6pm-8pm Taking your business online

Managing your business reputation

This free webinar will look at ways to protect the reputation of your business during these uncertain times. Focussing in on your image and values, crisis communication planning, using influencers, positive messaging and PR. Book using the links below.

01/04/20 – 10am-12pm Managing your business reputation 
03/04/20 – 10am-12pm Managing your business reputation


8.51am:
Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface are continuing to work with local partners to ensure that the needs of the third sector and local community are being met. Click to find out more.

7.56am:
Businesses can claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Up to 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage.

Guidance for employers here.

7.41am:
A new free-to-use jobs portal to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who have found themselves displaced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis has been launched.

7.19am: 
This document signposts to key sources of support and advice relevant to towns, city-districts and communities in order to help the custodians of Scotland’s places respond to the impact of coronavirus.

Produced by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Scotland’s Improvement Districts, this one-page document will be updated as new announcements are made.

Thursday March 26

5.34pm: Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals.  In the latest step to protect individuals and businesses, Rishi Sunak has set out plans that will see the self-employed receive up to £2,500 per month in grants for at least 3 months.  Full details on UK government website

5.22pm:
Live updates as the Chancellor announces help for self-employed hit by downturn, including 2,200 in Clackmannanshire.

4.30pm: 
Business Gateway has released 9 new online tutorials that you can watch right now to help with the Coronavirus impact including: Switching to Trading Online, SEO, Using Webinars, Business Contingency, PR in a crisis, Digital Marketing and more. Take a look.

3.11pm: 
Financial watchdogs give companies an extra two months to file results. Companies will have longer to prepare their accounts and report their results following joint action today by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Reporting Council and Prudential Regulation Authority. Details.

2.59pm:
Update regarding essential businesses and who should close immediately. UK Government guidelines.

2.37pm:
Guidance for food businesses to help manage the impact of COVID-19 is now available from The Scottish Government

12.44pm: 
New webinar - Coronavirus: Financial help explained for SMEs and the self-employed

The FSB will be hosting this free webinar (for members and-non members alike) on Friday 2-3pm. Please register if you would like to take part.

If you have any questions that you would like answered, send your questions to https://twitter.com/fsb_policy and use #FSBhelp.

11.47am:
"Working with Change, Uncertainty and Fear" is the title of Alloa-based CALM Training's next Professional Development Seminar, hosted  by Dr. Brodie Paterson, next Wednesday 1st April, 9am. Register for this free session here.

11.31am: The second Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) webinar will take place tomorrow at 10am. This session will look at the legal side and implications of Covid-19 on businesses. Register here.

11.25am:
Key developments yesterday...
  • Third Sector Resilience Fund: £20 million emergency fund is now open. Summary includes detail of grants and loans available and eligibility criteria.
  • Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund: Clarification that self-catering premises are not eligible for the grant funding.
  • VAT Deferral: Additional advice that customers who normally pay by direct debit should cancel their direct debit through their bank if they are unable to pay.
  • Deferral of Non Domestic Rates Payments: Businesses struggling to pay NDR should contact local council to discuss payment options.
  • Commercial Insurance: Advice remains that businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policies. Most commercial insurance policies are unlikely to be covered. However, summary has been updated to include more details around unspecified notifiable diseases and government closures. Some businesses will have purchased ‘unspecified notifiable diseases’ cover as an add-on and may be able to make a claim, subject to terms and conditions of their policy.

9.10am: From The Scottish Government "Social distancing measures are for everyone, including business. We should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of #coronavirus (#COVIDー19). View guidance on social distancing for businesses http://bit.ly/Social_distancing_guidance"

8.14am: 
Rishi Sunak to unveil financial aid for self-employed. Details.

8.09am:
Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed from Federation of Small Businesses

7.27am: 
The Ceteris team are currently working from home. If you have any queries regarding your Ceteris property you can reach us via email at support@ceteris.co.uk

If you are seeking advice regarding what business support, grants or funding is available, email us at businessgateway@ceteris.co.uk.

Wednesday March 25

5.32pm: Latest business news from BBC here

5.12pm:
Full recording of today's CBI COVID-19 webinar here covering

  • What’s happened in the last 24 hours
  • Existing guidance on home working
  • Reducing the risk of cyber attacks (e.g. phishing)
  • Essential data protection resources
  • What the CBI is doing to help.
4.44pm: For those essential workers driving to work: Government guidance on MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020 here.

4.22pm:
Alloa-based Enspire Architects are now working remotely from home and will endeavour to continue to provide as full and effective service as possible. They can still be contacted by email and through the main office and mobile numbers, noted below.

4.09pm: The Chancellor is expected to announce new measures to help self-employed people in the UK during this crisis at the government's daily press conference on Thursday. There is no detail yet on how the government plans to assist this section of the economy. (From BBC)

3.38pm: 
Guidance and advice for the tourism industry from Visit Scotland.

3.32pm: 
Advice on using all things digital to reach your customers quickly during the COVID-19 outbreak from Business Gateway

1.58pm:
Guidance from the Scottish Government for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

1.53pm:
Message to stockists from The Ochil Fudge Pantry on Facebook.

1.28pm:
Latest blog from HR specialists, Creideasach regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Read here.

12.33pm: 
Imaging Supplies will remain open for business, operating a skeleton staff in the office with others based at home.  They supply many of the local Health Centres, GP Surgeries and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service who all need Imaging Supplies' support more than ever at this time.

Businesses can ensure their home workers are fully equipped by ordering essential office supplies and furniture via https://www.imaging-supplies.co.uk/

12.17pm: 
"Employers' must take lockdown seriously" says Kate Forbes, Scotland's Finance Secretary Article

12.07pm: 
Support and advice line for businesses in Clackmannanshire from Business Gateway Clackmannanshire.

They can be contacted Monday to Friday on the following numbers

  • 01259 726435 (9am till 11am and 1pm till 5pm)
  • 01259 726429 (10am till 12 noon and 2pm till 4pm)
  • 01259 726430 (10am till 12 noon and 2pm till 4pm)

11.58am: Support from HMRC for all businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities. Agreed on a case-by-case basis by HMRC, tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities. Details.

10.57am: 
More people are now working remotely than ever before. This may be new for your organisation, but at Youmanage HR, they've been home-working experts for years. Read their top tips: https://bit.ly/2UtqpZa

10.16am:
The £20 million Third Sector Resilience Fund is now open for applicants. All the info on the SCVO Website

10.06am: 
Siabann are still accepting web orders for their homemade skincare and soap, only with limited posting days. All orders in the next week will get a free bottle in with their parcel. https://siabann.com/

9.48am:
Register for upcoming CBI Webinars here.

9.40am: 
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) - Rebate for all UK SMEs of up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of COVID-19. See eligibility conditions.

9.34am: 
The Scottish Government has issued more guidance to employers about identifying "key workers" who could qualify for childcare support during the crisis. Latest guidance available here.

8.00am:
Read the latest CBI Coronavirus Bulletin here

7.50am:
 From Alloa-based, Scottish Autism: "Due to the recent UK and Scottish Government advice and with the wellbeing of those we support and our staff in mind, we have had to make some changes to our service provision. Find out more at
http://bit.ly/SACOVID-19 or contact 01259 720044"

7.47am:
Stirling businesses can now apply for grants of between £10k and £25k as part of a new Coronavirus support fund. The grants are designed to help protect jobs, prevent business closures & promote economic recovery. For details on how to apply please see https://bit.ly/2y69Wmq.


Tuesday March 24


4.08pm: The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund
 is being administered by local authorities. Eligible ratepayers in Clackmannanshire can apply to Clackmannanshire Council for a one-off grant payment of £10,000 up to 31 March 2021. Only one grant is allowed per ratepayer regardless of the number of premises held.

A separate one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors operating in a premises with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £50,999.

Apply Here

3.51pm: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 
HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers’ wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Targets employees who would otherwise be laid off. Backdated from 1st March (to allow staff already made redundant to be re-hired).

3.20pm:
Who is allowed to go to work during "lockdown"? BBC News

3.17pm:
The Inglewood Press are working from home yet still fully operational. Facebook Post

3.00pm: Clacksfirst on Twitter
 "Our recycling service in Clackmannanshire will be delivered tomorrow and suspended thereafter until it is safe to resume. Take care everyone #SocialDistance

2.52pm:
Business Gateway's workshops are changing to webinars in order to offer continued support to businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you are already booked onto a workshop Business Gateway will be in touch to inform you of any changes. Register for a Business Gateway Clackmannanshire Webinar here.

2.14pm: The Scottish Government's £1 Billion Business Support Fund is now open for applications here

1.30pm: This link from the UK Government provides guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures.

12.15pm: Internorm by Scotia on Instagram "We know it’s not going to be easy, and we know we’ve got a long way to go, however we are doing all we can to keep things running at @internormscotia !! It’s business as usual, only working from home!"

11.50am: The Scottish Business Resiliance launches a series of webinars to help Scottish businesses survice COVID-19 crisis. First one is tomorrow, register via Eventbrite. Scotsman article

11.44am:
Proposed help for Freelancers and Self-employed via Coronavirus Bill amendment. Creideasach Blog

11.09am: Register here for a Business Support Webinar from Stewart Accounting on Wednesday at 7pm, covering:

1. What you need to do now in your business to protect it
2. What support is available, who is eligible and how you can claim it
3. How you can gear up to come out the other side

10.54am: Scottish Autism are recruiting: "The health, safety & wellbeing of the individuals we support & our staff is priority during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. It is important we continue to deliver our services to autistic people supported in our services. We are currently recruiting staff: http://scottishautism.org/work-us"

10.46am: Little Doone Foods "Flavour of the Week", Raspberry dressing will be available at a SPECIAL PRICE of £3.99 for the classic Tall Glass bottle through their website.

10.20am:
 Ceteris tenant, The Ortus Group, issue COVID-19 statement on Twitter

9.30am: Clackmannanshire Council have a dedicated page on their website with the latest information on Coronavirus from the government and NHS. This also covers the impact on the services they provide http://socsi.in/2czV0

9.05am: Running a small business and need to take it online & use webinars and other platforms to communicate due to the #Coronavirus? Business Gateway have a free webinar for you this Wednesday 25th - Register here

9.00am: The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is open for applications.  Find out more and details of how to apply here.

8.15am: Pets Direct is still open at Alloa Trade Centre. http://www.petsdirect.co.uk/

8.10am: Handmande soap bars from Siabann: https://siabann.com/products/siabann-handmade-soap-bars

8.03am: Email from Business Gateway to businesses in Scotland highlighting support available. Click

8.00am: COVID-19: Important Announcement Regarding Ceteris Offices. Our offices are now closed and our staff are working from home. Full details and new arrangements for tenants can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/r5kf5mx Contact support@ceteris.co.uk if any queries.

Contact

Email Ceteris: support@ceteris.co.uk  

Email Business Gateway Clackmannanshire: businessgateway@ceteris.co.uk

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