Advice for businesses and jobseekers
Current restriction level
Midlothian, with the rest of Scotland, has moved to beyond level 0.
All venues and businesses can open and most legal restrictions will be removed but some precautionary measures will stay in place.
New guidance for businesses and workplaces on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers is now available.
Specific guidance on legal requirements in leisure and hospitality settings has been published by the Scottish Government.
Guidance for event planners who wish to stage live events above capacity limits outlined in regulations from the Scottish Government is now available.
Business Gateway Midlothian
The Business Gateway Midlothian office remains closed to visitors. Advisers continue to work remotely keeping staff and customers safe and supporting Midlothian Council’s Net Zero 2030 target. Please direct all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you registered with Business Gateway Midlothian?
Registering with Business Gateway Midlothian will provide you with a dedicated adviser who will support you in all aspects of developing and growing your business.
- If you are planning to start a new business, please register by completing our Planning to Start tool
- If your business has been trading for more than 12 months, please register by completing our Business Gateway registration form and returning it to BG@midlothian.gov.uk
- Visit our Business Gateway website for information on our services, including details of webinars and online resources
- The Find Business Support website is regularly updated with information on funding support schemes as they are announced by the Scottish Government
Business Gateway will continue to provide website and social media updates related to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, so please do keep checking back to stay informed.
If you need adviser support, please contact the team at the email address below.
Business Gateway contact details
- Email: email@example.com
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Business Gateway webinars
Business Gateway has a suite of webinars and online tutorials to help you manage your business now and for the future:
Locate in Midlothian website
If you're looking to start a new business venture, grow an existing company, relocate with your family or simply want to visit the area, the newly launched Locate in Midlothian website gives you all the tools, support and information you need.
- Discover why Midlothian is such a great, green place to grow
- Hear from local businesses
- Find a job
- List your vacancy
Retail, Hospitality, Leisure and Aviation rates relief
Retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for 100% business rates relief during 2021-22.
To get this relief, a property has to be occupied. Properties that have closed temporarily due to the government's coronavirus advice will be treated as occupied.
The City of Edinburgh Council are managing this for eligible Midlothian businesses, but you must apply if you think your business is eligible.
If your property is already in receipt of 100% non-domestic rate relief in 2021-22, such as through the small business bonus scheme, you should not apply for Retail, Hospitality, Leisure and Aviation relief.
Midlothian Council has produced an infographic factsheet, showing the level of funding support local businesses received during the pandemic, up to January 2021.
A total of £14,350,535 in Scottish Government funding was awarded up to the end of January, with 1,194 Business Support Grants paid out. A further 223 businesses benefited from a range of other support funds.
Self Employment Income Support Scheme
The UK Government has announced a fifth grant instalment as part of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
There are 2 levels of grant based on how much your turnover is down.
- If turnover is down by 30% or more, you are eligible for 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits up to £7,500
- If turnover is down less than 30%, you are eligible for up to 30% of 3 month’s average trading profits up to £2,850
The fifth instalment of this grant covers the 5-month period from 1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021.
The grants are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.
The scheme will benefit self-employed individuals or those in a partnership whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
How to claim
You must claim on or before 30 September 2021. Full detail of how to apply are available via www.GOV.UK
Further financial support for the self-employed
Current guidelines are that the self-employed can claim Universal Credit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
See also the section on the HMRC Self-employment Income Support Scheme above.
If you are told by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate because of close contact with someone who has Covid-19, you may be eligible for a £500 lump sum called a self-isolation support grant.
Healthy Working Lives - Safe Return to Work
Ensure you are protecting your business, employees and customers with a safe return to work plan.
Healthy Working Lives, funded by Public Health Scotland, have practical information and guidance to help your business reopen.
Complete a risk assessment and engage with your staff to keep everyone informed and safe.
Jobs support (online portal)
- at risk of losing your job, facing reduced hours or need support to secure work?
- a business looking to recruit urgently to respond to high demands as a result of COVID-19?
If so, you can register your details at a new Covid-19 Jobs and Support portal. It allows you to advertise jobs, search for live vacancies, recruit employers, link to employability support and find up-to-date information on your rights.
After you register, you can search for job opportunities, add your skills and qualifications, upload your CV and cover letter, and tailor your job preferences.
Hospitality and tourism job portal
A free-to-use jobs portal to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who’ve found themselves displaced as a result of COVID-19 has been launched, supported by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and UK Hospitality.
The portal helps those who have already been made redundant or who have had contracts terminated. It also allowed companies, such as those in the food and drink, retail and care sectors with under-employed staff, to second them to work in other sectors during the crisis. Video-screening will be provided as part of the service to speed up the recruitment process.
The portal will not be visible to the public, and can only be accessed by the tourism and hospitality community through a link provided by participating companies.
If you're having to let go of staff, or if you're an organisation wishing to register vacancies, please email HospitalityUnite@Harri.com to receive more information.
Helplines to support businesses
More information and useful contacts
- Business Gateway National
- Scottish Government updates on Coronavirus in Scotland
- Scottish Government guidance on critical childcare provision for key workers
- SCVO information on third sector funding and resources to support the sector through the coronavirus pandemic
- Midlothian Voluntary Action and Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian support charities, social enterprises and community groups and have Coronavirus information and resources for those working in and running a business in the third sector.
- Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce
- Scottish Chambers of Commerce Coronavirus related business support
- The Federation of Small Businesses has made its Coronavirus information and guidance available to both members and non-members
- Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB):Advice for Farmers
- Supplier Development Programme tender ready webinars
- Just Enterprise support during the Coronavirus pandemic
- SAMH: Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing
- Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE): Redundancy help in Scotland
- Confederation of Business Industry (CBI): CBI COVID-19 Hub
- Ofcom has published advice for consumers on the increased incidences of email and text scams related to COVID-19. The advice outlines what you need to look out for and what action you should take if you are in doubt
- Visit Scotland Covid 19 recovery phases in Scotland
- Scottish Tourism Alliance: for regular updates on concerns and issues for the tourism sector being raised at Government level
- Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers
- ACAS advice and guidance for employers & employees
- British Business Bank: Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
- The Financial Conduct Authority has issued guidance on what you can expect from mortgage lenders
- The Association of British Insurers have created a Coronavirus hub that will answer questions such as those below and many more:
- How are insurers supporting unoccupied premises where businesses are temporarily closed?
- If my business isn’t able to operate because of COVID-19, should I just cancel my insurance policy?
- UK Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about COVID-19