Information for businesses

Business Support Fund 

Grant support is now available to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of these grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.

The Business Support Grant Fund offers :

Small Business Support Grant

For small businesses in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme relief or Rural Relief on 17 March 2020.  

You can also get this grant if you received Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start, Discretionary Sports Relief or Enterprise Areas Relief on this date but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant

For retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000.  

Multiple retail, hospitality or leisure properties

From 5 May 2020, if you have multiple properties and are not eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you may still be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant for any retail, hospitality or leisure properties with a rateable value up to £18,000 each. All of your properties must have a combined rateable value of between £35,001 and £51,000.

Multiple properties

From 5 May 2020, if you have more than one property, you can apply for a grant for each eligible property. 

This means you may be able to get a £10,000 or £25,000 grant for one property. Then each additional property may be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant of £7,500, or a Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant of £18,500.

For multiple properties you need to make a separate application for each eligible property. 

Self-catering accommodation and caravans

Self-catering accommodation and caravans are eligible for these grants if they: 

  • are a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more), and 
  • were let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20

Find out more about the types of business that can qualify.

The deadline for applications to the Business Support Fund is 31 March 2021. 

If you are not satisfied with our response to your application you can appeal our decision. You must include the reason for your appeal, your name, business name and business address and send to 

View the latest Business Support Fund Grant Scheme Statistics.

Business Response Hub

The  Business Response Hub has a team of advisers available to support business enquiries. 

Tel. 01224 346 145 or e-mail: 

Find out more about the latest information on COVID-19 business support including further information relating to the Coronavirus Business Support Fund. 

Other Organisations with available support for businesses and communities:

Aberdeen Inspired  

Business Gateway 

Invest Aberdeen 


Commercial Tenants

The Council has agreed to suspend new recovery activity for unpaid debts across all Council accounts, initially until 1 May 2020, with delegated authority to officers to extend this suspension should circumstances require it. 

No enforcement action will be taken regarding tenancies due to unpaid rent payments during this period of disruption. However, the Council will continue to issue rental invoices in accordance with lease agreements. 

The Council is in close communication with the Scottish Government and other public sector partners and will contact tenants as and when further measures are announced in support of local businesses.

The Scottish Government has introduced measures to support businesses in some sectors of the commercial market, including extra non-domestic rates reliefs and grant funding.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply 

Social Distancing Guidance for Business

Social distancing guidance for businesses in Scotland has been updated by the Scottish Government to help provide clarity to businesses and employers on protecting employees in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). 

It now asks that the owners of businesses and operators of workplaces not required to close by law to consider whether what they do is essential to the efforts in the fight against the virus or benefit the wellbeing of society. The guidance also asks those employers if they can demonstrate and provide their workforces with reassurance that they are consistently practising safe social distancing and complying with all other standard health and safety requirements.

If the answer to either of these questions is no the workplaces are advised to close. Find out more about social distancing.


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