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French Duncan helps ensure private sector front-line workers still get paid on time

Accountancy and business advisory firm French Duncan have today offered free help to any front-line business (such as pharmacies, food manufacturers or doctor’s surgeries) who might be struggling with extra administrative burden to ensure their staff still get paid on time.

Published 30 March 2020

Alternative funding needed as SMEs struggle to access bank loans

Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are due to face substantial financial difficulties in the current coronavirus crisis, as they struggle to secure bank loans.

Published 30 March 2020

RBS matching customer donations to provide £5m to National Emergencies Trust

Royal Bank of Scotland has today announced a donation-matching programme of up to £5 million for the National Emergencies Trust (NET) coronavirus appeal, aimed at leveraging a further £5m of support from the public.

Published 30 March 2020

Laura Brown: Self-employed financial support: COVID-19

Laura Brown, an advisor at Murray Beith Murray, a Scottish private client law firm, details the financial support made available to those who are self-employed, as part of the UK Government's coronavirus economic support measures.

Published 30 March 2020

Scottish Government announces rates relief for businesses

The Scottish Government has announced that the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors along with aviation industries will be aided by rates relief to support them during the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 30 March 2020

Moves made to lessen impact of coronavirus on Scottish housing market

Efforts are under way to help prevent further disruption to the buying and selling of homes across Scotland after Registers of Scotland (RoS) temporarily closed the application record and the UK Government advised home buyers and renters to delay moving unless the new property is empty.

Published 30 March 2020

The Pensions Regulator announces payments holiday

The Payments Regulator has announced that companies who are having to pay in cash to compensate for the shortfalls in their pension schemes can suspend payments.

Published 30 March 2020

In Pictures: Johnston Carmichael's dress-up Friday

As hoards of the nation's workforce settles into the new routine of working from home, Johnston Carmichael employees have participated in the Dress Up Friday movement. 

Published 30 March 2020

ABI: Travel insurers to pay £275m in cancellation claims

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has estimated that travel insurers will pay out £275 million in cancellation claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 30 March 2020

Gilson Gray launches will writing digital technology

Gilson Gray is pioneering digital technology to help simplify one of life’s most challenging tasks - to write a will.

Published 30 March 2020

Barclays plans to be a net-zero bank by 2050

Barclays has today announced its ambition to become a net-zero bank by 2050.

Published 30 March 2020

And finally... filth-anthropist

Filth star James McAvoy has donated over a quarter of a million pounds to the NHS to help distribute protective gear to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 30 March 2020

Banks backtrack on personal guarantees after public backlash

Following growing criticism, high street banks have backtracked on loan requirements which insisted that business owners provide personal guarantees for government-backed loans.

Published 27 March 2020

Halifax withdraws mortages offered through brokers

Halifax has announced that it has withdrawn the majority of the mortgages it offers through brokers due to a lack of processing resource amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 27 March 2020

UK Government announces financial support for self-employed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced support measures for those who are self-employed and hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 27 March 2020