Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart has welcomed the announcement that a new support fund will be set up to provide help the self-catering businesses who have not yet been given any form of government support.
The new fund will provide grants to self-catering businesses in Scotland with grants of £10,000 to those who have been ineligible so far. This has been announced alongside a support scheme for larger hotels.
Ms Wishart has, alongside colleagues, been petitioning the Scottish Government to recognise the many individuals who, for various reasons, have been deemed ineligible for help with their self-catering businesses during the pandemic.
Commenting, Ms Wishart said:
“In a place like Shetland, where tourism is so pivotal, the exclusion of many of these businesses from the initial grants spelled disaster for many. It is welcome news that the Scottish Government has finally acknowledged that more is needed.
“While the detail is not yet clear, there are many self-catering businesses and hotels in Shetland that I hope will be included in what the government have planned.
“Even though the industry is starting to re-open, normality is a long way off. With Shetland’s shorter tourist season, help like this needs to be around for the long haul. Otherwise the reality is that many of these businesses won’t come out the other side of this pandemic.”