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Coronavirus Update: 18 August

We have lots of important updates for you this week, including the next round of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme now open:

Self Employed Income Support Scheme: Applications for the second instalment of the scheme opened yesterday (17 August). If you were eligible for the first grant and you can confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected on/after 14 July, you’ll be able to claim. Find out more here. If you are unsure if you are eligible to claim please get in touch at Business Barometer Survey: Following the first Business Barometer that was issued in May, Perth and Kinross Covid-19 Business Support Task Force would like to gather additional information about the effects of Covid-19 on your business and the subsequent changes you have made, so they can ensure the support provided is what’s needed to build a solid and resilient recovery. Take the survey here. You can download the results of the first Business Barometer on the Invest In Perth website here.

Workfinder Student Work Experience: Workfinder enables companies to take on university students remotely to deliver short, high impact remote work placements around activities such as digital marketing, lead generation, application testing, design and many more. To find out more and register for hosting a student please visit the Workfinder website here.

Back Her Business: This initiative has been designed to help women raise money for their concept or idea through crowdfunding. As part of the initiative, they are hosting a virtual Unconference on Thursday 27 August (1.00 – 2.30pm) on the theme ‘Let’s Talk’. You can book your place here. And if you register on the Back Her Business portal, you’ll find lots of inspiration, invaluable help and advice. Further information on the BHB criteria can be found here.

Scottish Government Guidelines: Settings where face coverings must be legally worn in Scotland has expanded and further rules for the hospitality sector, including the introduction of new statutory guidance, have been announced to increase compliance and keep the sector safely open. Find out more here. Innovation Through Lock Down Webinar: Women in Agriculture Scotland in conjunction with RBS are hosting this virtual event which will hear from three inspirational business women who have led through innovation to adapt their business through lock down and support their network. The webinar takes place at 10am on Tuesday 25th August, click here to register.

Zero Waste Scotland: The renewed Circular Economy Business Support Service has been launched with several changes—the support is not limited to 30 days and there are several new elements that allow for business support from the early idea stage, all the way to implementation and launch.

Zero Waste Scotland is also collaborating with Keep Scotland Beautiful to shed a light on the issue of outdoors littering in an awareness campaign: Scotland is stunning, let's keep it that way. You can find more about this, as well as the campaign materials to promote here.

1-2-1 online meetings to go over two tools are available—the Circular Business Model Canvas and the Innovation Canvas. Contact them if you’re interested in a 1-2-1 session.

A list of educational resources on circular economy and a short introductory video are also available.

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