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Scottish government reveals support for B&Bs | Article

The Scottish government’s tourism secretary has revealed the details of further financial support for B&Bs during the third national lockdown.

Fergus Ewing announced a £7m Large Self-Catering Grant and the Exclusive Use Grant as part of the £104m tourism and hospitality package in December, which covers bed and breakfasts.

Eligible self-catering companies will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £2,000 and can apply for the Strategic Framework Business Fund, which provides grants for businesses required to close by law as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

Ewing said: “It is clear that some larger self-catering properties have been uniquely impacted, initially by the rule restricting the number of guests to six from two households, and then by the single household rule.

“I am pleased to confirm the details of this extra support for self-catering businesses. This will be targeted directly where it is needed most, to those self-catering businesses that have been severely impacted by the restriction on household numbers.”

He added: “All self-catering and other accommodation providers are already in scope for regular payments from the SFBF and I would encourage business owners to make sure they have registered with their local authority for this support.”

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