Scottish Government



Business Improvement Districts to support coronavirus recovery with £1 million Scottish Government fund

Many Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Scotland will be at the forefront of the local response to the COVID-19 outbreak through a £1 million resilience fund made available by the Aileen Campbell, cabinet secretary for communities and local government.

Published 31 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £25m of emergency funding for third sector

The Scottish Government has pledged £25m worth of funding to third sector organisations across Scotland through the newly created Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF).

Published 31 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

£1 billion business support fund opens

The Scottish Government has launched a £1 billion business support fund meaning businesses can now apply for grants to help them deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 25 March 2020

Accountant in Bankruptcy suspends sale and evictions from property in ongoing administrations

Scotland's insolvency service Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has suspended sales and evictions from property in ongoing bankruptcy administrations until further notice in response to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £2.2bn fund for business affected by coronavirus

Yesterday, economy secretary Fiona Hyslop announced a series of measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus on businesses in Scotland, including a £2.2 billion for businesses.

Published 19 March 2020

Scotland’s employment rate for young people higher than last year

The number of young people ages 16-24 years in employment in Scotland from January 2019 to December 2019 has increased from 57.2% to 57.9%, according to the Annual Population Survey.

Published 19 March 2020

SCC: Additional support measures for businesses are essential for businesses to survive COVID-19

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said that the additional support measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are essential if businesses are to survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 18 March 2020

Scottish economy grows 0.2% in fourth quarter of 2019

Scotland's economy grew by 0.2% during the fourth quarter of 2019, covering the period October to December.

Published 18 March 2020

SELECT: Ring-fenced accounts should be implemented for cash retentions in construction

SELECT, the campaigning body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland, has added its influential voice to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the use of cash retentions in construction.

Published 17 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £320m support package for businesses affected by Coronavirus

New measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the business community in Scotland, which includes a £320 million support fund, have been announced by Kate Forbes, finance secretary.

Published 16 March 2020

Scottish social entrepreneurs receive share of £67k funding from Firstport

Fourteen social entrepreneurs from across Scotland have secured a share of £67,000 from social enterprise start-up agency Firstport.

Published 16 March 2020

Kate Forbes: Joint working needed on funding for Coronavirus response

Finance secretary Kate Forbes has said that rapid joint engagement is needed on funding for the COVID-19 response in Scotland following the UK Government's budget.

Published 13 March 2020

Kate Forbes: UK Budget must deliver on promises

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak ahead of the UK Budget, highlighting the key issues the Scottish Government wishes to raise, including:

Published 10 March 2020

Holyrood signs off on Scottish Budget

Yesterday, MSPs formally signed off on the Scottish Government's £40 billion budget for 2020/21 by 63 votes to 55.

Published 6 March 2020