In amongst scrutinising your business needs, staff security and financial resilience we are aware of the high volumes of information being targeted towards businesses of all sizes. This in itself can be overwhelming.

We would like to assure you of our continued support and would urge all businesses in critical financial straits to contact businessdevelopment@pkc.gov.uk in the first instance.  

We also over a twice-weekly round-up of the most critical and impactful business news relating to Perth and Kinross businesses in the form of an E-Bulletin. To sign up for this, go to our mailing list page on this website >>>

For Scottish Government initiatives as they happen, visit the Find Business Support website which is updated as soon as new measures are made live.

Over and above this we recommend the following business support networks and organisations, each of whom can assist specific business needs with various measures including, in some instances, additional financial aid.

Quick Links

Business Gateway:  01738 448310 / bgateway.com
GrowBiz: 01828 627790 / growbiz.co.uk
Federation of Small Business: fsb.org.uk
Perthshire Chamber of Commerce: 01738 448325 / perthshirechamber.co.uk
Scottish Tourism Alliance: 01786 459235 / scottishtourismalliance.co.uk
Scottish Food & Drink: Business support measures PDF download >>>

Change to HMRC helpline number
HMRC have experienced some strain in their network provider as more people across the UK are staying at home, so they have now changed their number. 

  • The new helpline number is 0800 024 1222 
  • Open from 8am- 4pm Monday to Friday.

More information on the Tax helpline to support businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here

Useful Business Organisations

The FSB is focussed on helping smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established 45 years ago, FSB is the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group, which ensures the voice of small businesses is heard at the highest level across the UK, as well as providing business services and products to their members.

They have a Coronavirus (COVID-19) section offering specific advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed including a series of useful watch on demand webinars.  Find out more here >>>

Since lockdown began, Business Gateway has spoken with business owners of all sizes and from across industry, who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis. 

Business Gateway is a service available to all businesses regardless of life stage or size. Amongst a whole host of services they support start-ups, self-employed practitioners and micro-businesses, as well as larger companies with premises and employees. One of the key benefits they bring is the provision of access to leading industry experts.

Business Gateway are about to launch a new service in Tayside for all businesses affected by Coronavirus.  Covid-19 Survive & Thrive aims to help businesses navigate through the coming months and the challenges ahead. 

The new service will provide clients with a minimum of seven hours of support tailored to the needs of their business, including: understanding current business position, reshaping products or services, adopting changes to reflect market demand, considering new ways of delivery of products and services and identifying opportunities for diversification.  

Visit www.bgateway.com/coronavirus-business-support-across-scotland for the latest news and information.

GrowBiz, the community-based enterprise support service for rural businesses who have a unique set of challenges on an ongoing basis, is providing a range of information and support services for small and micro-businesses in rural Perth & Kinross:

Phone or online (Zoom) sessions with individuals: These are customised to needs of business. GrowBiz has a team of experienced enterprise facilitators and specialists available and can organise phone calls or online sessions at a time to suit the individual enterprise.

Online learning and networking sessions: These cover a range of business subjects and are open to everyone. March events are available online here. 

They provide trained mentors: Please ask about this excellent service.

Information channels: Growbiz will keep their website, social media channels and smart village hub updated with useful information.

If you’re a rural business and need someone to talk to, get in touch with the GrowBiz team and they’ll arrange for one of their enterprise facilitators to call you. They can be contacted in one of three ways: 

Send an email to: connect@growbiz.co.uk

Helping businesses manage the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) is, as you would imagine, the key focus of Scottish Enterprise at this moment. They are working closely with partners to develop a single, joined-up response across Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, delivering the Scottish Government’s commitment to do all we can to safeguard jobs, livelihoods and businesses.

Ask questions on their Twitter (https://twitter.com/scotent), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/scottishenterprise) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/scottish-enterprise) pages . The team are available every weekday from 9 am to 5 pm to find the answers you need. 

You can also visit the Find Business Support website for advice on business disruption, tax rates, employee support and more.

Contact them for more information >>>

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce (PCC) is an independent, voluntary, non-profit making, non-political business membership organisation. Their focus is on championing the issues that matter to their members, helping promote and protect the interests of local businesses and the economic future and communities of Perthshire.

They represent local companies ranging from global operators and recognised household names to one person home-based businesses and urban and rural smaller and medium enterprises.

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is offering free initial three months’ membership to new members as part of their drive to extend business support services across the region during COVID-19. 

Existing members will also benefit with 15 months’ membership rather than the normal 12 months being offered when they renew. Find Out more And Join >>>

The membership drive is part of a new initiative to help take businesses through the recovery process due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Recovery and Resilience programme, which is expected to be launched in the next three weeks, will include contributors from key sectors, and large and small businesses across urban and rural Perthshire.

It will be focused on new opportunities, ideas generation and strategic planning to help the region’s businesses transition to the “new normal” as the country examines how to move out of the lockdown.

For more information, see their website here >>>

Food & Drink, the Creative Industries and Tourism, are three of the industries most heavily affected at this time. Scotland Food & Drink, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Tourism Alliance are providing sector specific updates on a regular basis. Find out more at the links below: 

Scotland Food and Drink >>>

Scottish Tourism Alliance >>>

Creative Scotland >>>

Buy Local, Eat Local Guide

The Buy Local, Eat Local guide from Small City, Big Personality links customers from across Perthshire and Kinross with local producers and independent food and drink businesses during the lockdown period. 

Supported by the Invest in Perth team, this is a free opportunity for all food and drink businesses to list their services, and to keep them updated during the lockdown and recovery period. Simply follow this link and complete the short online form >>>

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