These were publicised via ASSC newsletters, as well as on the ASSC’s social media pages on Twitter and Facebook.
On 24th June, the ASSC conducted a further one question survey to gauge just how many self-catering operators had benefited from business grant support in Scotland. This demonstrated that over one-third (34%) of the respondents had not received any financial support from the Scottish Government. The fact that such a large proportion of self-catering operators have not benefitted from Scottish Government support, months after it was first announced and when self-catering units were instructed to close, is a major concern given the importance of tourism to the Scottish economy.
Prior to the aforesaid survey from 24th June 2020, the ASSC conducted a number of sectoral surveys to assess the level of take-up and access to business support in Scotland. While there was some welcome movement in terms of business grant applications being approved from our first survey, self-caterers from across Scotland are still experiencing difficulties in accessing business support grants from the Scottish Government that are being administered by local authorities.
As evidenced by our surveys, access to business support grants from local authorities has caused multiple problems for self-catering operators in Scotland. This has included but was not limited to:
Links to the full results and analysis of our multi question sectoral surveys can be found below: