Scottish Chambers of Commerce



Scottish Government announces £15m of further funding for tourism sector

Two new funding packages from the Scottish Government worth £15 million will support the tourism sector as it continues to feel the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Published 30 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

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

Scottish business broadly welcomes chancellors 'tax less, spend more' statement

In yesterday's summer economic statement, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a number of measures aimed at supporting the UK economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, such measures include a temporary 5% VAT cut for the food and hospitality industry.

Published 9 July 2020

Business welcomes further easing of Scottish lockdown restrictions

Business organisations across Scotland have welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's latest announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland.

Published 3 July 2020

SCC: VAT cut needed for Scottish hospitality and tourism sector

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has called for VAT to be cut in the hospitality and tourism industry to help businesses who have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 July 2020

Retail premises to reopen in Scotland as phase 2 of lockdown easing announced

Yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced further changes to lockdown restrictions with all retail premises with outdoor entrances and exits allowed to re-open from Monday 29.

Published 19 June 2020

ONS: Scottish unemployment rate highest in the UK

Scotland's unemployment rate is now the highest in the UK, according to the latest Labour Market Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 16 June 2020

UK furlough scheme to end in October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK's coronavirus furlough scheme implemented to save jobs during the coronavirus crisis, will finish at the end of October.

Published 1 June 2020

Scottish Government releases manufacturing and retail sector guidance for easing lockdown

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for the manufacturing and retail industries detailing the steps to be taken as Scotland eases its lockdown restrictions.

Published 27 May 2020

First Minister outlines Scotland's route out of lockdown

A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus has been published by the Scottish Government.

Published 22 May 2020

Scottish Government adds £40m to Business Support Fund

The Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund has been increased by £40 million to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Published 21 May 2020

Scottish companies seek guidance as government support schemes take effect

Scottish businesses hit by the coronavirus lockdown could be ready to hit the ground running once they are given clear guidance from the Scottish Government on returning to work, according to a new survey by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Published 20 May 2020

UK furlough scheme extended

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK Government's job retention scheme has been extended until October. 

Published 12 May 2020

SCC: Scottish firms struggle to access coronavirus business support funding

Scottish businesses are facing a catastrophic decline in cashflow due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and are coming up against barriers in government support, according to a new survey conducted by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC).

Published 1 May 2020