***REMINDER*** Covid-19 Zoom Meeting for Dunoon Businesses - Tuesday 9th June

***REMINDER***

Good afternoon,

As the business response to the Covid-19 health pandemic begins to enter a new but gradual phase of 'readiness for trading', the Dunoon Presents board are very keen to hear exactly what you believe are the priority challenges in the next couple of months that the BID can assist in delivering for you.

We see some of these issues at present and for the next few weeks being as follows:

  • PPE
  • Social distancing aids
  • Deliveries
  • Digital channels for trading

The board would be delighted if you can 'attend' a Zoom virtual meeting to discuss these and other suggested projects that may be able to be funded or part funded via the BIDs Resilience Fund:

      WHEN?

  • TUESDAY 9TH JUNE - 4pm - 5pm

Please log on to this meeting via the following link :

Dunoon Presents is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83594800438?pwd=UVZUT0Q1bGcwNVAzbVUvSC9rSzJaQT09

Meeting ID: 835 9480 0438
Password: 909585

We look forward to what we hope will be a positive and productive meeting for you today.


Covid-19 Zoom Meeting for Dunoon Businesses - Tuesday 9th June

Good afternoon,

As the business response to the Covid-19 health pandemic begins to enter a new but gradual phase of 'readiness for trading', the Dunoon Presents board are very keen to hear exactly what you believe are the priority challenges in the next couple of months that the BID can assist in delivering for you.

We see some of these issues at present and for the next few weeks being as follows:

  • PPE
  • Social distancing aids
  • Deliveries
  • Digital channels for trading

The board would be delighted if you can 'attend' a Zoom virtual meeting to discuss these and other suggested projects that may be able to be funded or part funded via the BIDs Resilience Fund:

      WHEN?

  • TUESDAY 9TH JUNE - 4pm - 5pm

Please log on to this meeting via the following link :

Dunoon Presents is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83594800438?pwd=UVZUT0Q1bGcwNVAzbVUvSC9rSzJaQT09

Meeting ID: 835 9480 0438
Password: 909585

We look forward to what we hope will be a positive and productive meeting for you next week.


Free Hand Pump Dispensers and Gel

Good afternoon,

We are pleased to advise that some of the dispensers have now arrived although a part order only has been received at this stage.

Tomorrow, Friday 5th June the following arrangements will be in place at the Dunoon Presents office, 54 Hillfoot Street between the hours of
1300-1500hrs:

1. Only those businesses who have ordered a dispenser/gel and  who are either trading or close to being able to trade should attend for pick up.
2. One person in, one out to allow for safe social distancing.
3. Please queue outside the office 2m apart going towards the junction close by.
4. First come first served.
5. If your BID account is in arrears please transfer funds prior to pick up as follows:

RBS - PA23 BID Ltd
Account:  00673119
Sort code: 83 18 17
Amount: £17.64

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow

Thank you


Small B&B Support Fund

Small B&B Support Fund

Small B&B Support announced by Scottish Government

You cannot apply for this scheme yet.

Further detail will be shared when it is available.  Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced this week that small B&Bs, who were ineligible for other support due to not having a business bank account, will be able to apply for a share of £3 million of funding which has been re-purposed from the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.

This funding for small B&Bs will be administered by local authorities and applications are expected to open on 15 June. 

Find out more about this scheme here.


Business Gateway Information for Businesses

Coronavirus Business Support Update - via Business Gateway

In this update, see the latest on how you can start to adapt, manage and plan to re-open your business safely.

With advice on managing new online platforms, links to our Coronavirus Hub and the Scottish Government safe working guidance for the retail, manufacturing and forestry sectors. A survey on business support, advice on mental health, a list of all official coronavirus funding and links to other business support services across Scotland.

Plus as always you can get 1:1 business support from our experienced advisers by getting in touch with your nearest Business Gateway office.

Coronavirus Support

Next Steps Once You’ve Started Selling Online

In the early days of lockdown, many small businesses which normally interacted face-to-face with customers had to rush to create a short-term online offering to get through the first few weeks. Now is the time to consider the next steps for managing your new online service. Read now.

Coronavirus Business Support Hub

Visit our Coronavirus Hub for online support to help your business prepare for it's next steps through the coronavirus crisis. Including links to the guidance for the retail, manufacturing and forestry sectors in Scotland on re-opening and safe working. Plus advice on funding, HR, well-being and mental health, digital marketing and restructuring. Coronavirus support.

Find Business Support Survey

As businesses start to reopen we are keen to understand how we can better support you and the needs of your business at this time. This short survey will help us adapt the advice and guidance we provide to make it better meet your needs. The information provided will be shared with public sector partners.  The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. Take survey.

Get Local Business Adviser Support

Our local offices are all operating remotely and our advisers can help you with your plans to re-open or adapt your business, manage remote working, restructure business finances, access funding, HR and more. Just get in touch with your nearest office today. Get local support.

Supporting Your Wellbeing & Mental Health During COVID-19 and Beyond

Managing and supporting our emotional and mental wellbeing has never been so important as it is during the current COVID-19 outbreak. It is helpful to explore what mental health is and what we can all do to ensure that we take action to remain well. Read now.

Coronavirus Business Funding & Grants - Daily Update

Looking to check if more support is out there for your business? This download will show you the full list of what funding and grants are available to businesses as a result of the coronavirus. Download now.

Find Other Business Support From Across Scotland

Browse the findbusinesssupport.gov.scot website for an overview of what other business support and advice is available throughout Scotland. Find support.


Facebook Urged to Give 100% Social Media Reach to Support Business Recovery

Good afternoon,

Facebook is being urged to help UK businesses reopen safely and therefore save both lives and livelihoods through the recovery phase of coronavirus pandemic.

The social media company has been asked to temporarily suspend its practice of limiting the reach of posts by businesses as firms seek to re-open safely after lockdown.

Facebook has been limiting the organic, or free, reach of corporate posts for a number of years, instead offering companies the chance to pay to reach a larger audience.

Not-for-profit business organisation, Aberdeen Inspired, fears this practice could put people at risk as companies try to communicate safety and social distancing messages as they reopen.

The business improvement organisation, which is led and funded by businesses in the city, has written to Facebook asking that the tech firm consider giving firms 100% reach “for as long as Covid-19 remains a threat to both lives and livelihoods in the UK”.

As a consequence of changes to the platform’s 2018 algorithms most find their messages are reaching just 10-20% of their followers, with Facebook looking for money to reach the rest.

For a business with 40,000 followers, this can mean just 5,000 people are seeing some of their content, messages and promotional material.

Many local radio stations, newspapers and commercial television channels have been offering help – including free advertising – to support businesses. Facebook has yet to follow suit.

We shall keep you updated with any progress regarding this possible intervention for businesses.


Loyalty Card For Businesses

Good afternoon,

As this week marks the start of the very gradual resumption of consumers returning to businesses, the BID team has been looking at the potential of introducing a Dunoon loyalty card for purchases in local businesses.

Swipii.com  operate a loyalty card which allows your business to be in complete control of what cashback level you set for your returning customers.

For example, some of the objectives could be as follows:

  1. Support local businesses by allowing Swipii to drive more footfall and revenue to you
  2. Encourage local consumers to shop local for cashback and save at the same time
  3. 'Recycle' the cashback earned into the community with a few associations to donate to or withdraw

We believe the coming months could well be the perfect opportunity for your business to capitalise on this easy to operate scheme.

If you would like the opportuntiy to group 'meet' with Swipii please e mail us at: info@pa23.org.uk and we will facilitate a call for as many businesses as is possible simultaneously.

Thank you


Scottish Government Increases Funding Support

Good afternoon,

Scottish Government Increases Funding Support

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP outlined further measures that the Scottish Government are taking to support more businesses adversely affected by Covid-19:

  • Extending the eligibility of the current small business and retail, hospitality and leisure grant to businesses that occupy multiple premises with a cumulative value above 51k;
  • And also to businesses occupying premises such as shared office spaces, business incubators and shared industrial units where the landlord is the ratepayer; and
  • In addition, for those businesses that were ineligible to apply for Hardship Funds because they did not have a Business Bank Account, the Scottish Government will be exploring ways of how to support those companies. Further details will be released later this week.

We shall ensure you are furnished with this detail when received.

Thank you