• Kenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government continues to back North Ayrshire Businesses


Between 02 November 2020 and 22 March 2021 there were 1,110 businesses across North Ayrshire which received a total of £ 7,768,100 from the SNP Government’s Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF).


North Ayrshire Council (NAC) was allocated £9,320,000 by the SNP Government to administer the SFBF, of which it used 83%. Of the awarded funding, £5,936,500 was made under the Business Closure Fund and £1,831,600 under the Restrictions Fund.


In March, the fund was replaced with grants of up to £7,500 for retailers and up to £19,500 for hospitality and leisure businesses, paid in April, to help businesses re-open.


In addition to SFBF funding, a host of other SNP Government grants were administered by NAC.


Across North Ayrshire, 593 hospitality and leisure businesses received a total of £6,041,500 to restart and by June, all 817 North Ayrshire hospitality and leisure businesses had received £5,429,000 in Hospitality, Retail and Leisure Top Up payments.


By 25 June, three larger local travel agents had received a total of £75,000 from the Contingency Plus Fund for Travel Agents and eight smaller ones had received £80,000 amongst them.


517 non-essential retail premises in North Ayrshire received a total sum of £3,625,500 while further disbursements included but are not limited to:


  • Local Authority Discretionary Fund: £ 1,160,000 to 234 premises (25 June).

  • Exclusive Use and Large Self Catering Grant: £114,000 to 53 premises (25 June).

  • Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund: £463,500 to 482 drivers (25 June).

  • Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operators Fund: £469,000 to 313 drivers and operators (25 June).

  • By 25 June, 283 local premises received an extra £283,000 funding due to local Level 2 restrictions in place in North Ayrshire at the time.


Due to the Omicron wave in late 2021, further payments were made of which data are anticipated to be published later this year.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“The SNP Government continues to make effective choices that have really helped to support businesses along North Ayrshire’s high streets and elsewhere through these awful last two years.


“Scottish Ministers are continuing to deliver relief to properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, at 50% for the first three months of the 2022/23 financial year, capped at £27,500 per ratepayer. This is estimated to save ratepayers in these sectors another £56 million in 2022/23 on top of all the assistance already provided.


“All the other existing non-COVID-19 NDR reliefs will be maintained in 2022/23, which is forecast to save ratepayers £745 million.”


Data can be accessed here.


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