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Coronavirus Useful Contacts

For quick access to useful documents and resources to support your business to prepare, minimise and manage the risks of Covid-19:

Covid-19 Business Helpline - 0300 303 0660

A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on Coronavirus is now live and open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Callers should select option one to speak to the Covid-19 team. More info 

Tax Helpline - 0800 0159 559

HMRC helpline was launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus. The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax to get practical help and advice. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 4pm. More info 

Scottish Chambers Network Business Support Hub

The Covid-19 Business Support Hub on the SCC website has been created to enable businesses to find useful information quickly. The Hub is updated daily and includes information on business support and access to finance. Click here for the Hub 

East Lothian Council Business Support

Economic Development and Business Gateway team at East Lothian are still open for business and will continue to provide guidance and support for business including funding available. More info

Midlothian Council Business Support

Midlothian Council’s Economic Development and Business Gateway teams are continuing to support businesses in the area by email and telephone and through regularly updated social media posts. More info

Business Gateway

Business Gateway continue to share information to support businesses during this difficult time and their advisers are available should you wish to discuss your particular concerns in more detail. They also organise online meetings, webinars and online tutorials.

For Midlothian Business Gateway call 0131 271 3377 or email bg@midlothian.gov.uk  or visit HERE 

For East Lothian Business Gateway call 01620 807 635 or visit HERE  

For Business Gateway Workshops and Events (events now being managed via webinars)

For Supplier Development Programme Events & Training 

Jobs Support Portal

Capital City Partnership have developed, as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, a Jobs Support Employability response portal. The have a dedicated employer engagement team sourcing live vacancies, liaising with and actively recruiting employers across the 6 local authority areas of Edinburgh, Fife, Midlothian, West Lothian, East Lothian & The Scottish Borders.

Health Advice

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice. More info here 

Universal Credit

This page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. More details here 

Guidance for business on offering support

For businesses who would like to offer support to the national effort in Scotland 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Testing

In May 2020, the UK Government announced that everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with Covid-19 symptoms can now get a test. Details of how to access testing in Scotland can be found here.

Holiday Entitlement and Pay during Coronavirus

The UK Government has also updated their guidance on holiday entitlement and pay during lockdown – please see here for more details.

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