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Coronavirus Update: 26 January

We hope you’re keeping warm and safe in what looks set to be another very cold week. January and February can often be a difficult period for small businesses at the best of times, and this year especially so — we hope some of the information in this blog is of help.

Scotland Inbound Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund: The fund is being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and is open to businesses who operate in Scotland as inbound tour operators and destination management companies, promoting and selling packaged products (Scotland holidays) to international markets. The amount awarded to each applicant will be determined by the eligibility criteria and supporting information provided. Businesses can now submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) until Friday 29 January 2021 at 5pm. Find out more here.

Scottish Wedding Industry Fund: This new fund aims to provide support to businesses whose main income comes from the wedding and civil partnerships industry, which has been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The fund offers a fixed grant amount based on turnover. This fund will be open to applications from 28 January 2021, find out more here.

Cyber Scotland Week, 22nd - 28th February 2021: Cyber Scotland Week draws together events across Scotland designed to make businesses, organisations and individuals more cyber aware and resilient. See a full list of the week’s events here and spread the word by following and sharing on social media using #CSW2021. You could also consider hosting an event—find out more here.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund for SMEs: The Scottish Government have announced a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) which will allow SMEs to apply for upskilling and reskilling support. Defined as a business with less than 250 employees, SMEs will be able to access training locally at Perth College UHI to support them in adapting and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 and help their existing employees to upskill and reskill. Find out more here.

GrowBiz Recruitment Opportunity: GrowBiz are recruiting an experienced senior administrator to join their team of self-employed contractors. Find more information and download the job description here. Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 3rd February.

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