Small Businesses Grant scheme

Two weeks ago, finance secretary Kate Forbes finally agreed to provide emergency funds to local businesses based on the number of properties that they own after weeks of pressure from the Scottish Conservatives.

The Scottish Government had originally only allowed for one £25,000 grant per business. Now businesses can receive £25,000 for their first property, and 75 per cent of that for any subsequent properties.

This shift was good news for businesses in Musselburgh, like ice-cream shop, S. Luca, who also have a shop in Morningside.

Lothian MSP, Jeremy Balfour, is encouraging local businesses in Musselburgh to apply for the Small Business Grant scheme. Details about eligibility and how to apply can be found at: www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/.

The Scottish Conservative MSP said:

“While it still falls short of funds available to small businesses in England and Wales, I welcome the Scottish Government’s U-turn on funding for local businesses.

“In order for businesses to stay afloat during this pandemic, it is important that they are given adequate funding and that they access all means of support that is available to them.

“I encourage all local businesses in Musselburgh to apply for the Small Business Grant scheme through East Lothian Council.”