COVID-19



Job vacancies in Scotland plummet by 64.7% during lockdown

Job vacancies in Scotland dropped drastically by 64.7% during the three months of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library.

Published 20 July 2020

ACCA & CFN: 13% of Scottish SMEs have gone into liquidation

According to the latest data from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA UK) and The Corporate Finance Network (CFN), 13% of Scottish SMEs have decided to liquidate their assets in the last two weeks, highlighting to complications of reopening after the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 17 July 2020

Social Investment Scotland and Baillie Gifford help social enterprises to recover from effects of coronavirus

Finance provider Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has launched a programme of support for Scotland’s social enterprise community with Baillie Gifford. The scheme aims to help organisations recover from the impact of COVID-19 and develop strategies for future growth.

Published 17 July 2020

Scottish Government announces £100m fund for employment support and training

The Scottish Government has announced that people looking for work or those at risk of redundancy will benefit from £100 million of additional assistance to move into work or retrain.

Published 17 July 2020

ESPC: Scottish property market sees strong demand after restrictions are relaxed

The Scottish Property market has seen a huge demand since the coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been eased, according to property firm ESPC.

Published 17 July 2020

RBS: Construction sector boosts fortunes for UK SMEs as lockdown measures ease

Scottish manufacturing and construction firms saw an encouraging boost in business throughout June as the coronavirus lockdown measures began to ease, according to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland UK Small Business PMI report. 

Published 17 July 2020

Scottish Government launches agriculture loan scheme

A loan scheme to support farmers and crofters through the coronavirus crisis has been announced by rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing.

Published 17 July 2020

Lloyds: UK essential spending at pre-pandemic levels for the first time in three months

Essential spending in June returned to levels seen in 2019 as the UK continues to emerge from lockdown life, according to the latest data from Lloyds Bank.

Published 17 July 2020

EQ Accountants secures over £17m of funding for clients

Tax and business advisory specialists EQ Accountants have helped clients secure over £17 million of funding support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 16 July 2020

Scotland's unemployment rate rose to 4.3% during lockdown

Unemployment in Scotland rose to 4.3% between March and May as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions hit the jobs market hard.

Published 16 July 2020

The Paint Shed secures £2.7m investment from BGF

Stirling-based family business The Paint Shed has secured a £2.7 million investment from BGF, the UK and Ireland's most active investor. 

Published 16 July 2020

Renfrewshire Council unveils proposals for £1.3m coronavirus business support package

Renfrewshire Council has unveiled plans for a £1.3 million package of support designed to help local businesses get back on their feet after the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 16 July 2020

Banks call for 'student loans' coronavirus debt repayment plan

UK banks have backed calls for a student loans-type repayment scheme for firms who have received coronavirus support loans to ensure struggling companies can make loan repayments. 

Published 16 July 2020

Chancellor orders capital gains tax review as coronavirus bill mounts

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has ordered a capital gains tax review as the cost of the coronavirus pandemic mounts for the UK Treasury. 

Published 15 July 2020

Brewin Dolphin's Edinburgh office raises almost £3,000 for two local charities

Staff at wealth manager Brewin Dolphin's Edinburgh office have raised £2,950 for two local charities by walking the equivalent, in miles, of the north coast of Scotland for their virtual 'north coast 500' challenge. 

Published 15 July 2020