Business Support Service updates

Updated 1 March 2021

Coronavirus Advice for Businesses

We appreciate that we are all experiencing very challenging and uncertain times as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to outline the support being offered to West Lothian Businesses.

Business Gateway West Lothian

Business Gateway West Lothian has moved to a virtual service.  Our advisers are available to help you through this challenging time for your business. 

To contact us to discuss the support available to your business, please email us at or telephone 01506 283400 and a member of the team will get back to you.

Business Gateway Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice Page

Business Gateway has launched a dedicated page with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus.

Check out Business Gateway Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice Page with a specific page for Official Guidance for Business Owners in Scotland

Business Gateway is one of Scotland's leading providers of workshops and seminars and has now launched an extensive range of webinars and online tutorials to help you navigate your way through the Coronavirus situation. From finances to digital marketing and from HR to government funding, you can access the information from wherever you are. Click here to find out more.

Coronavirus Strategic Framework Funding

The Scottish Government has introduced new temporary grant support will be available for businesses that are required to close by law every four weeks for as long as the restrictions last. Find more information on Strategic Framework Business Fund

West Lothian Council Business Discretionary Funding

West Lothian Council's Discretionary Business Fund aims to provide a one-off £2,000 hardship grant to local businesses.

Especially those firms experiencing immediate financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations but have not been able to access the Strategic Framework Business Fund or other business grant funds provided by the Scottish Government.  In particular, this fund will aim to assist business that have been without financial support since October 2020.

Government Support Packages for Businesses

The government has launched a series of support packages for businesses including business grant funding, Statutory Sick Pay and advice on Business Rates.

Check it out information from the Government

Mobile and Home Base Close Contact Services Fund

This fund will provide support for those who run a close contact business on a mobile basis or from home and are in financial hardship due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

This grant scheme is designed to help alleviate financial hardship for newly self-employed people. To be eligible for this grant, you must have been operating your business before 17 March 2020, lost income as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, and meet all of the eligibility criteria.

Scottish Government Business Advice Page

The Scottish Government has created a resource for businesses which will be updated in due course with information on sources of finance, business continuity as well as business rates and tax.

Check out the information from the Scottish Government

Government Guidance for Employers

A fantastic resource with information on what you should be doing as an employer and what to do if an employee is off work.

Check out government guidance for employers

Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has opened for applications. It supports term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and more. It can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.

Check out the details for the Business Interruption Loan Scheme

COVID Working Capital Loan (Business Loans Scotland)

Provides Scottish SMEs with a loan to help fund working capital and cashflow needs.  Eligible businesses may be able to borrow between £25,000 and £100,000.  You can apply at Business Loans Scheme, closing date is 31 December 2020.

ACAS - Coronavirus Advice Page

ACAS are updating this page daily with advice and best practice on communicating with staff and how to ensure you are communicating with them effectively.

Check out the information from ACAS