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February 16, 2021

Keeping You Informed – 16th February

Below you will find information on support for Coach Tour Operators, Visitor Attractions and Hostels. You'll also find information on Business Interruption Insurance, Free training from UHI & a petition for the extension of the 5% Hospitality VAT.

The Skye & Raasay Investment Plan


From the Skye & Raasay Project Team:

“We are pleased to let you know that we have created the Skye and Raasay Investment Plan webpage – – which will be the focal point for letting people know they can get involved and sharing information gathered so far. This includes the presentation slides used during the engagement event held on the 28th of January.

Alongside this, we have launched an online survey that allows people to share their views on the Area’s priorities and for interested parties to provide further information on their projects. The consultation will be open during the engagement process, and the comments we receive will be used to help inform future events and shape the content of the Investment Plan.

We will be getting back in touch with you soon as details are finalised for further events, and additional information is added to the webpage.

If you have any queries, please email us at”

“Many thanks to all of you who messaged us acknowledging our work and asked how you can help / become involved – the answer is please join us.  The more people who join us the more representative and influential we can be.”

Grant Updates from Local Accountants CSMCo


“Several support measures relating to Covid-19 and Brexit have been announced, and we provide a summary of those that may be of relevance to our clients below.

Hostel Covid-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund

This fund aims to help keep hostel businesses operating while coronavirus restrictions on opening and travel are still in place and support them in preparing for reopening in 2021 when restrictions are lifted. The application form will be available from 17 February 2021, with guidance available now. Hostel Covid-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund (

Support for Childminders

Increased support for childminders – (

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme are aimed at charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations supporting people and communities through lockdown and recovery. 

Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme – SCVO

Seafood Disruption Support Scheme

The Seafood Disruption Support Scheme is designed to support small or medium-sized businesses that have experienced a verifiable financial loss during the export of fresh or live fish and/or shellfish to the single market between 1 and 31 January 2021. To be eligible for the scheme, you must have necessary accompanying documentation to export fresh or live fish and/or shellfish (e.g. catch certificates, export health certificate and customs declaration). Seafood Disruption Support Scheme – GOV.UK (

Post-Brexit Support for Companies

A multi-partner website has been created to support Scottish businesses after the EU transition period: Free business support to continue trading after Brexit – Operate after Brexit”


Large Self Catering Property Business Grants


“This fund is for larger self-catering properties in Scotland that have been impacted by the single household restrictions during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The grant will make one-off payments of £2,000 to eligible applicants.”

Full information can be found here.


STA Update


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