Scottish Chambers of Commerce

UK furlough scheme to end in October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK's coronavirus furlough scheme implemented to save jobs during the coronavirus crisis, will finish at the end of October.

Published 1 June 2020

Scottish Government releases manufacturing and retail sector guidance for easing lockdown

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for the manufacturing and retail industries detailing the steps to be taken as Scotland eases its lockdown restrictions.

Published 27 May 2020

First Minister outlines Scotland's route out of lockdown

A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus has been published by the Scottish Government.

Published 22 May 2020

Scottish Government adds £40m to Business Support Fund

The Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund has been increased by £40 million to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Published 21 May 2020

Scottish companies seek guidance as government support schemes take effect

Scottish businesses hit by the coronavirus lockdown could be ready to hit the ground running once they are given clear guidance from the Scottish Government on returning to work, according to a new survey by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Published 20 May 2020

UK furlough scheme extended

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK Government's job retention scheme has been extended until October. 

Published 12 May 2020

SCC: Scottish firms struggle to access coronavirus business support funding

Scottish businesses are facing a catastrophic decline in cashflow due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and are coming up against barriers in government support, according to a new survey conducted by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC).

Published 1 May 2020

Scottish Government confirms financial support for the newly self-employed

The Scottish Government has announced that support for the newly self-employed and firms suffering hardship to be paid in early May.

Published 22 April 2020

Chancellor curbs bank abuses to aid UK small business during coronavirus pandemic

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced further measures to support firms affected by the coronavirus crisis, by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies.

Published 3 April 2020

UK Government announces financial support for self-employed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced support measures for those who are self-employed and hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 27 March 2020

Chancellor announces government will pay workers wages amid coronavirus outbreak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement that the UK Government will pay the wages of employees unable to work due to the COVID-19 outbreak has been roundly welcomed.

Published 23 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £2.2bn fund for business affected by coronavirus

Yesterday, economy secretary Fiona Hyslop announced a series of measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus on businesses in Scotland, including a £2.2 billion for businesses.

Published 19 March 2020

SCC: Additional support measures for businesses are essential for businesses to survive COVID-19

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said that the additional support measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak are essential if businesses are to survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 18 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £320m support package for businesses affected by Coronavirus

New measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the business community in Scotland, which includes a £320 million support fund, have been announced by Kate Forbes, finance secretary.

Published 16 March 2020

Scottish Parliament rejects business rate changes

MSPs have rejected the proposed changes to the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill which suggested giving local authorities the power to set business rates.

Published 5 February 2020