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Highland Council encourages Sutherland leisure businesses to apply for Covid-19 business grants funded by the Scottish Government

By Ian Duncan

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Highland Council headquarters.
Highland Council headquarters.

Grants of up to £3150 are available to Highland leisure businesses who have been affected by measures to control the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

These businesses will have had to introduce further physical distancing and capacity limits following the new rules that came into force the day after Boxing Day.

To be eligible for this Scottish Government grant the leisure business must be registered as either a conference centre; music venues and art facilities; sports facilities; gyms; leisure centres; outdoor centres; cinemas; amusement and recreation; bingo; casinos; softplays, and snooker clubs.

Councillor Trish Robertson, the chairman of Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee, said: “If the business is an eligible one, and previously received a grant from the council, we have today written direct to them and have invited them to complete a short online form if they wish to receive grant support.

"At the moment the grant scheme is open until the end of January, but we urge all businesses not to wait until then but to complete and submit the online form as soon as possible.

“If a leisure business does not receive a direct email from us, and they think they may be eligible, they must go to the Scottish Government’s Find Business Support website, read the guidance provided and follow instructions as to how they can apply. All new applications need to be made via the Scottish Government.”

• For full up-to-date details of these and any other grant schemes that may become available, affected businesses are advised to go to the Scottish Government's Find Business Support website.

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