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Coronavirus Update: 26 August

Here's your essential news, updates and links for this week:

GrowBiz Support Survey: As part of the Scottish Government’s evaluation of GrowBiz’s rural enterprise support, it is conducting an online survey of people who have used their services since July 2019. They'’d like as many responses as possible, as the data collected will influence how rural business support is provided in the future. Your contributions will be anonymous, and thank you to everyone who’s already taken the time to complete the survey. You can find the link here.

If you need further information on the evaluation please contact GrowBiz’s CEO, Jackie Brierton at

Cairngorms Green Recovery Fund: This fund aims to help communities and local businesses by supporting projects to create economic growth, jobs, protect nature and address climate change. Groups eligible to apply include community bodies, registered charities, business associations and nature/climate bodies or partnerships. Individual businesses may be eligible, but are encouraged to apply as groups or partnerships. The Fund will close on 20 September and all successful applications must have their projects completed by 31 March 2021. Find full details here.

Scottish Government Guidelines for Sport and Leisure: Guidance for the opening of indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities with physical distancing and hygiene measures have been published by the government ahead of possible reopening at the end of this month. Read the guidelines here.

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers and the Professional Association of Self-Caterers Survey: The ASSC and the PASC have commissioned a survey to evaluate the effects of Covid-19 on the self-catering sector. It will identify what the sector’s business priorities are over the next 12 months and help to inform the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments autumn budgets and spending reviews, as well as policy decisions going forward. Take the survey here.

Culture Perth & Kinross Covid-19 Collection: This collection will become available to current and future generations to understand the impact of Coronavirus and is looking for items of interest to include. Do you have any documents, photographs, objects, or digital information that you could donate to the Covid19 Collection? If so email with details of what you are offering and a member of the Collections Team will get back to you. You can find full details here.

Culture Perth & Kinross have also created a short survey to find out how the pandemic is affecting our everyday lives. If you wish to participate you can access it here.

Interface, the Knowledge Connection for Business: Interface is a free and impartial service that works with businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, to match them to Scotland’s world-leading academic expertise to help them grow. They can also help organisations access a range of funding options to offset the cost of their project, and regional team members help businesses wherever they are, whatever their need. For more information about Interface click here.

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight: This year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight takes place between 5 – 20 September and aims to encourage more people than ever to source, buy, eat and promote Scottish food and drink. There are several ways for your business to get involved, find out more here.

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