Support for local businesses

We're doing everything we can to help local businesses of all sizes during this crisis.

Please note: It is only the 'Business Closure Fund' that is not available to Dumfries and Galloway businesses at this time. Everything else is.

We recognise that these are extremely challenging times for many local businesses and we want to assure industries of all sizes that, along with our partners, we will do everything we can to help during this unprecedented public health crisis.

We know our support to you is critical and we are working with other local and national organisations including the new South of Scotland Enterprise agency to prepare guidance, advice and tailor our support.

Our message to you at this moment is to please continue to get in touch as soon as possible so that we can help and support you through this difficult time - we need to know what you require.

Be Scam Aware - Businesses are particularly vulnerable to scams during this difficult period. Common scams to watch out for include emails and phone calls from people claiming to be from HMRC. The guidance published from HMRC here gives advice on what to look for and how to report a scam. Do not give your bank account details to anyone unless you are certain of who they are.  We have also been made aware of emails containing realistic looking information from the UK Government about grants.  Do not follow the links in the email and do not provide your bank details as requested.  If you are suspicious of a scam please let us know by contacting

We have received reports that businesses are being contacted by people claiming to be from the Council's Rates or Business Gateway teams requesting bank details for the payment of grants. The Council will never ask you to supply bank details over the phone. If you are in any doubt please hang up and contact the business support team using the contact details below.

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As we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown we are now looking to restart our town centres, to revitalise our local economy, and to promote community confidence by attracting our citizens back to the hubs of our communities, encouraging everyone to shop local, but shop safe.
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As part of the measures designed to minimise further spread of COVID-19, hospitality, leisure and close contact businesses such as hairdressers are being asked to collect customer contact details.
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On 21 May 2020, Scottish Government published Scotland's route map out of the Coronavirus crisis which describes each phase of easing the lockdown.
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The Scottish Government has introduced extra rates reliefs (discounts) to help owners of non-domestic properties deal with the impact of Coronavirus.
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The business hardship fund will award payments of £1,000 or £1500, dependent on Rateable Value this is to support some businesses that remain open but are still significantly impacted by the restrictions, including those in the direct supply chains of firms that must close. An upper limit of £10,000 will apply in total to any eligible business operating multiple premises.
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There are new schemes available to help support self-employed people adversely affected by COVID-19.
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A variety of temporary measures have been introduced at various levels to support businesses through this period of disruption.
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This scheme closed to new applications on 10th July.