Coronavirus outbreak: business updates

Business Support Fund

Update 24 March 12noon

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by local authorities

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Business Angus is committed to keeping businesses updated on the latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information. The team have collated the most up-to-date advice from government and support organisations on the Invest in Angus website.

Food businesses

Guidance for food businesses doing deliveries published Tuesday 24 March

From council statement published Friday 20 March

From Sunday 22 March 2020, we will be altering our payment processes to ensure that all of our suppliers are paid at the first opportunity. This means invoices will be paid as soon as they are authorised, irrespective of what is stipulated on existing individual payment terms and conditions.

Angus Council Deputy Leader and Finance Convener, Cllr Angus Macmillan Douglas said: “Around 37% of our suppliers are local and we want to do whatever we can, where we can, to assist those parts of the local economy that do not have the same cash resilience that the Council itself has.”

Suppliers are still required to provide accurate and timely invoices and our same internal processes carried out. But once completed, payment will be made immediately in the next payment run.

A major support package for non-domestic rate payers was announced by the Scottish Government on Tuesday (17 March). We are working with government to put the detailed arrangements in place that will make this happen. It is a support package that provides relief to all rate payers, as well as targeted support for specific sectors, including grant awards for eligible businesses.

While we must await further detail from government – and it is expected imminently - we will immediately begin implement these plans, thereafter, to offer further relief and support.

Council officers are also working to put arrangements in place that will allow us to support key suppliers and partners with funding that will help them to stay solvent and to pay staff wages. It is a big task, but we will do it as quickly as possible.

We are acutely aware that many of the partners and businesses that provide important services to the Council and on our behalf are impacted by these sudden changes in circumstance. Time is of the essence and we will provide our response to these issues as soon as we possibly can next week.

Once again, anyone who thinks they may have difficulty paying their non-domestic rates bill should contact us so we can discuss matters further. Cases will be looked at individually and sympathetically.