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March 5, 2021

Keeping You Informed – 5th March 2021

In this article you will find information on training and apprenticeships support for businesses from UHI, Support for Bed and Breakfasts Paying Council Tax Grant, Information on the Skye and Raasay Investments plan, Latest Support Funding & Information from Scottish Enterprise, and last weeks Government Framework document.

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Latest Support Funding & Information from Scottish Enterprise

You’ll find information on new support funding for Tours Guide, Creative Freelancers as well as information on specialist support for Health and Care Staff here –

This link also includes information on operating after Brexit.

Support for Bed and Breakfasts Paying Council Tax Grant 

‘This fund was established to support bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) in Scotland that pay council tax, but not non-domestic rates, which have been adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

All B&Bs that were previously supported by either the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund are automatically eligible for support under this scheme. These businesses will be contacted by the local authority and invited to register for payment.’

You’ll find a link to apply here –

Skye and Raasay investment plan

Comments on the Skye and Raasay investment plan are being requested. 

‘Representatives from key groups and communities on Skye and Raasay are being encouraged to participate in the preparation of a new Skye and Raasay Investment Plan. This work, which is being led by the Council in conjunction with HIE, aims to engage and represent all those with an interest in the future of the area. It aims to coordinate how the wide range of organisations and groups operating in the area invest together and maximise the impacts and benefits. The Investment Plan will identify the top priorities for Skye and Raasay and provide a joint portfolio of actions and responsibilities to help improve the prospects of securing future funding.’

Click here to find out more –

Funding Available for Upskilling & Apprenticeships

The University of the Highlands and Islands are delivering training and leisure courses under the title BEST. 

What is BEST?

Business, Enterprise, Solutions & Training, aiming to do the BEST for your business, works with businesses to identify and deliver a comprehensive range of business training – from First Aid to Chainsaws, Food Hygiene to Day Skipper. 

The BEST team liaises with employers to source the most appropriate training, when and where needed, which will increase staff skills and expertise.

You’ll find all the information about the project here –

Government Framework Document

For anyone who missed it last week, you’ll find the Government Framework document regarding the Scottish Government strategy for a more normal life –

‘Our strategic intent remains to: Suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there, while we strive to return to a more normal life for as many people as possible.’

You can read the document in full here –

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