Deadline looms for Hospitality Business Support Top Up Grants

The deadline for submitting the self-declaration form that entitles hospitality sector businesses to be granted their top up support payment is 31 January 2022.

By now hospitality businesses eligible to receive the grant will have received an email from Aberdeen City Council with the link to the form. Hospitality business support top up grants will provide some financial support to businesses in the hospitality sector affected by the latest public health advice.

Ewan Mclean, Evening and Night Time Economy Manager at Aberdeen Inspired said, “It’s imperative that hospitality businesses complete and return the form as soon as possible. The additional financial losses to the sector have quite frankly been devastating for businesses. The further restrictions came at a time when the sector should have been starting to recoup some of the costs from the previous years restricted trading, instead of which there were more disruptions to their operations which has had a major impact on their ability to stay in business.

“I encourage all businesses eligible for the funding to apply quickly. Hospitality businesses are entitled to the grant, and this will provide some support for the losses faced throughout the festive period. Aberdeen Inspired continue to lobby at both a local and national level to ensure that business gets the much-needed support it deserves, not just in the short term but going forward.”

All eligible businesses should have received an email from Aberdeen City Council and it is imperative that you fill out the form. The self-declaration form must be completed by January 31 to receive the grant for your business.

Almost a third of businesses have said they could face a risk of collapse if the pandemic is to continue. The Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) said its members took only 20% of earnings from the previous year during the crucial Christmas trading period. It is estimated that each premises lost an average of £12,000 per week.

If as a previously eligible business you have not yet received the link to the self-declaration form today, please make sure to check spam and junk folders in your email. If the email is not found, please contact businessgrowthteam@aberdeencity.gov.uk

For new hospitality premises which did not receive the SFBF last year or started trading after April 2021 may still be eligible for the fund but will need to apply through a new application from which can be found here.

For any enquiries on eligibility or support for other sectors please contact CovidBusinessSupport@gov.scot

All the information regarding eligibility and grant levels can be found here.