Business Support Grants Update

See below some summary update information regarding the awarding of Covid-19 Business Support Grants:

  • Business Support Grant as of close of play 19 April: 
  • 1136 applications have been processed. By grant type, 1015 have been processed for the £10k grant with 944 approved, and 121 processed for the £25k grant, with 107 approved
    • Over £12.1m has now been awarded
    • 2027 applications have been received
    • Guidance is still awaited from  the Scottish Government on some eligibility issues
    • An updated application form will be required for the extended eligibility (additional grants for multiple properties), launching 5 May

Please do contact the Dunoon Presents office if any assistance is required regarding any aspect of  an application.

t ; 07765  770858

Scottish BIDs Resilience Fund

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent fall out, the Dunoon BID has been left in a particularly vulnerable position financially.

As a direct result of this, on Friday afternoon past the Dunoon Presents Board submitted a funding application to the Scottish Government BIDs Resilience Fund to put in place arrangements in the coming months which will also directly assist the business community in the post coronavirus recovery phase.

These are a combination of:

  • A contribution to the project core operating costs
  • Funding for a stirring digital based campaign encouraging people to come back to Dunoon and surrounding area once it is safe to do so
  • Access for all local businesses irrespective of the products sold, to be a part of a local home delivery hub

We hope to hear the outcome of this application in approximately 10 days and will share that news with you all when we receive it.

Covid-19 Funds Update Information

See below today’s update on supporting businesses and our thanks again to Argyll and Bute Council for passing on this key information :

Business Support Grant as of close of play 16 ApriL

  • 1056 applications have been processed. By grant type, 952 have been processed for the £10k grant with 899 approved, and 104 processed for the £25k grant, with 92 approved
  • £11.29m has now been awarded
  • 1931 applications have been received
  • A news story highlighting the number of grants awarded has been posted on the Council website

The Council’s website includes a summary of the current support available for businesses including the downloadable interactive infographic.

Please do call or e mail for any assistance regarding this tranche of information:


t : 07765 770858

Assistance From Companies House

The government has today announced measures allowing for further time to file company accounts and other assistance.

The key detail behind this welcome intervention is contained within the attached link below:

As always, if we can be of any assistance do not hesitate to ask, if we do not know the answer to your query, we will find the source for the information you are seeking.

'One Stop Shop' of Covid-19 Businesses Information

Dunoon Presents board directors all very much wish to help you where at all possible through the current extreme difficulties.

However, we are also aware that everybody has been bombarded with so much information over the past couple of weeks and it can be daunting to sift through.

Therefore, we hope you find the easy to navigate list of possible avenues of assistance below useful, from experts Anderson Strathern.

Have an enjoyable and safe weekend.

Communication from Tents and Events, Dunoon

Please see below from local marquee experts Tents and Events. If you think you may be able to assist, please contact Janet or Graham Fletcher directly.

Thank you.


Do you know any Business or Health Authority who may need a temporary marquee structure during COVID-19 pandemic?

Tents and Events can supply temporary marquee structures on short and long-term hire to help NHS and healthcare facilities fulfil their needs at this time of high demand.

  • Walk in, walk out coronavirus testing stations
  • Drive through coronavirus testing stations
  • Waiting areas
  • Reception/admin areas
  • Additional ward space
  • Sanitising areas
  • Staff training/briefing areas
  • Quarantine zones
  • Isolation areas
  • Temporary storage
  • Catering and dining

Marquees can be partitioned internally to create separate isolated areas where privacy or procedures of a sensitive nature are required.

We can provide these emergency marquees throughout the west and central Scotland and also Ayrshire and as far north as Fort William but please contact us if you are located out with this area to discuss your requirements

Visit our website to see examples of emergency temporary marquees we have provided for various facilities.

Let People Know About Us

Do you know a business or organisation that needs extra storage or utility space to carry out essential operations during the COVID-19 outbreak? Let them know Tents and Events have emergency marquees available for hire.

Small Business Grant Application - Updated Application Form

See below a link to the updated business grant application form, now reflecting the fact that self catering establishments are eligible to apply for these grants and don't forget to include bank statement information as it is an easy section to overlook on the form.

The Lido Shop Innellan

Please see below the communication from the Lido Community Store, Innellan. If you think this may be a possible alternative route to market for you products, please contact Hannah Clinch directly.

The Lido Shop  is a community owned shop in Innellan, South Cowal.
Despite multiple challenges we have managed to stay open and we are keen to support our local business community by offering a route for any shops, pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants to sell on produce. We have storage space including some frozen. We are currently operating a delivery service supported by volunteers to anyone who calls us in South Cowal, mainly older members of the community who are self isolating. This will be expanded over the next few weeks to include an online offer and a wider product range.

If you have surplus stocks of any food, including fresh produce, cleaning and consumables to sell on please contact Hannah Clinch, Lido Shop, (temp operations manager). / 07780 604031

Hannah Clinch
Development Officer
The Lido Shop, Innellan
07780 604031 / 01369 830008

Small Business Grant Application: Self Catering

Self Catering Providers Now Permitted to Apply

Welcome news today if you are a self catering provider.

Today’s update on supporting businesses:

The Scottish Government has revised the eligibility criteria for the Business Support Grants. Self-catering accommodation and caravans are now eligible for both the one-off £10,000 grant for small businesses and the one-off £25,000 grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors where this is the primary source of earned income and the property is let for 140 days or more.

  • The Council website will be updated when the new guidance and updated application form are issued – expected today. An FAQ will be added to help address common enquirieS
  • As of this morning, 1200 applications have been received

COVID Job Retention scheme update- the government will now cover the employer national insurance and minimum auto-enrollment pension scheme contributions employers pay on the wages they must pay their furloughed staff – on top of the wages covered under the scheme. further-details-of-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-announced

The Coronavirus Caring for People Helpline Service is live. Businesses can access support via Option 2.
Economic assistance confirmed.

Links to Various Business Intervention Schemes

In order that you can have one central point of reference for as much of the business intervention schemes and associated information as possible, see below a number of links which will take you to the detail of each of those schemes:

 Scottish Government Business Helpline: businesses can contact 0300 303 0660 for more information Monday – Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.  Select Option 1 to speak to the COVID – 19 team.