Publised date : 01 May 2020

Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, has welcomed new figures showing that 2095 businesses in Perth and Kinross have received Scottish Government grants to support firms through the coronavirus crisis.

A total of £23.8m has been awarded across Perth and Kinross through a Scottish Government scheme to support small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. 

This grant support is worth over £1 billion to business, and is part of the wider business support package worth £2.3 billion.

So that funding can be distributed as quickly as possible, eligibility for the grant scheme is linked to the non-domestic rates system.

Commenting, Mr Swinney said:

“This is a very difficult time for businesses.

“This Scottish Government funding is designed to support firms and ensure that our economy is on the best possible footing when we get through this health crisis. 

“Our support for business is now worth £2.3 billion, which is more than we have received from the UK Government and actively works to fill the gaps in the UK schemes with tailored support for the Scottish economy. 

“I encourage all businesses across Perth and Kinross to ensure they are receiving the support they’re entitled to.”

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