Vital coronavirus funding worth £1M has been awarded to over one hundred hard-hit country sports tourism businesses in Scotland, following a concerted lobbying campaign by two of the sector’s leading representative bodies.
Businesses which are not eligible for government Covid 19 funding may be eligible for Local Authority Discretionary Funds – see full details here.
SCSTG was joined by Neil Christison from VisitScotland and Ross Ewing from BASC Scotland on 24 February 2021 for a webinar discussing the VisitScotland ‘Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund’.
If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, you may be eligible to apply for the Strategic Business Framework Fund. In the context of this fund, sporting businesses should define themselves as a leisure business.
Field sports tourism revenue has a particular importance to the Scottish rural tourism sector, supporting the shoulder months and extending the overall tourism season. This seasonality was used as a justification for shootings and deer forests being excluded from the initial financial support packages given to all other industries at the time of lockdown. Government policy has subsequently prevented businesses from receiving this vital seasonal income and the next stage of our effort is to ensure a meaningful rescue package that protects vital jobs in highly rural areas. In demonstrating the importance of support, we need credible data to support our representations to minsters and I strongly urge all Providers to complete a short online survey as a matter of urgency via this LINK
number of country sports and land management organisations in Scotland have now published updated guidance for employers, employees and practitioners to allow these activities to move forward following revised guidance from the Scottish Government.