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Coronavirus Update: 3 July

We know that for many of you, this week and last week might be taken up with preparations to reopen your business, so in this blog we’re sharing more help and resources for you to do so safely, in addition to other news updates.

The Scottish Government has published new guidance and checklists for the tourism and hospitality sector, retailers, and manufacturers to help them safely return to work:

Parable Pod Counselling: If you are feeling under pressure, it helps to talk... Occasionally when agencies, organisations and businesses are providing emotional support to clients and staff, there can often come a time when they feel that they would like to be able to signpost them towards more specific professional emotional health and wellbeing services.

Parable Pod Counselling provides support to small businesses, business owners, directors and employees in complete confidence.

By choosing Parable Pod Counselling to support the emotional health and welfare of yourself and your employees you will also be creating a positive social impact in the wider community. Parable Pod is a respected Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company.

It really does help to talk. Click here for further information.

CARES funding call – June 2020: As Scotland starts to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, there is an opportunity to focus on a green recovery by aiding economic activity that puts tackling climate change and our ambition to reach net zero at the heart of everything we do. The support that CARES offers to rural businesses, communities and third sector organisations is an integral part of this green recovery. There are 2 types of funding available:

  • Development funding - to complete community engagement activities, feasibility work and options appraisals to develop new local energy projects.

  • Capital funding - for the capital costs of local energy projects.

CARES rural businesses and farms session, Friday 3 July 12pm – 12.30pm:

This session will outline considerations for those in control of farm scale enterprises looking to make a change in their energy use and carbon emissions. Find out what types of projects CARES can support and explore if such a project works for you. View the energy options for farms and agriculture site guide for more information

CPK Maker_Spaces offer 1 to 1 digital advice: The team at Culture Perth and Kinross Maker_Spaces are available for advice, tips and general help on projects that use digital technology, including Adobe Creative Suite and 3D printing. Whether your project is business, personal or creative; and regardless of your skill level the Maker_Space team are happy to chat to anyone working with digital technology. For a full list of tech that the team can help with and to read their how-to guides (including how to access free trials of software) visit the CPK website here. Or you can email the team with a question or arrange a meeting at:

FSB Scotland Webinar: Furlough scheme & employment questions? In this webinar Scottish businesses can get important information on employment and taxation matters direct from DWP and HMRC experts. Date and time: Wed, 8 July 2020, 14:00 – 15:00. Book here.

Board Vacancies at the Scottish National Investment Bank: Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to eight Non-Executive Directors to the Board of the Scottish National Investment Bank. The Non-Executive Directors will play a key role in the governance and setting up of the Scottish National Investment Bank. The Scottish Government’s vision for the Bank is that it be a cornerstone financial institution within Scotland’s economic architecture and is seeking to appoint a diverse, balanced Board with the skills, knowledge and experience to achieve this. Closing date for applications is Friday 24 July 2020. For further information and to apply, please see here.

Social Investment Scotland Briefings: SIS has come together with a range of lawyers, accountants, and social enterprise leaders to deliver ‘SIS Briefings: Restructures, Mergers and Routes to New Markets’. These sessions with be co-promoted in partnership with Social Shifters and they will be developed afterwards for on-demand use on their digital learning platform. They will take place over the 7, 8 and 9 of July at various times. Find out more here.

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