Businesses in Dundee affected by the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions are being encouraged to ensure they are getting all the help that they are entitled to.
The Boxing Day shift from tier three to four, along with this week’s move to lockdown, has changed the business landscape and could mean support is available where it wasn’t before.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “While we are in a fast-moving environment, with information coming from the UK and Scottish governments daily, there is still help available right now from the temporary closure or business restrictions fund.
“If you are already in receipt of grants from these funds you do not need to re-apply. We will automatically alter grant payments to reflect the change of level. But if you have not previously applied, or applied but did not meet the criteria for level three support, and are now eligible under level four, you should make an application as soon as possible.
“In particular, non-essential retail businesses and business premises delivering close contact services may now be eligible for support at level four.”
More than £28 million has been awarded by Dundee City Council to around 2,500 Dundee businesses since the Coronavirus outbreak began.
Cllr Flynn added: “We know that the grants have been a lifeline to many businesses and have helped mitigate the impact of the virus on the local economy and we appreciate that this continues to be a difficult time.
“But our priority continues to be supporting businesses through the current restrictions by effectively and efficiently administering the grant aid that is available.”
A one-stop information guide for business with advice from Dundee City Council, support organisations, Scottish Government and other agencies can be found at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-temporary-closure-fund
To make an application for grant funding visit https://my.dundeecity.gov.uk/service/Tier_4___Strategic_Framework_Business_Fund
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.