Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business gateway back to business webinars

Business Gateway is hosting a regular programme of webinars. Find out more and book Business Gateway Webinars in Ayrshire.

Safe operation of businesses during COVID-19

The latest guidance can be found at Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces.

Business scams

The spread of coronavirus means more people are working from home than ever before. This provides fewer opportunities to talk to colleagues, a different work environment and may result in increased stress.

Criminals have taken advantage of these changes to target employees who are more isolated from colleagues, in order to gain sensitive information or make payments. They will also try to gain access to business devices and networks and everything stored on them.

Scams include:

  • fake COVID-19 grant payments
  • tax refund frauds
  • false invoices for face masks 

The increased risk for businesses has led National Trading Standards to encourage more businesses to join Businesses Against ScamsThe initiative provides free tools for businesses to help upskill and train their workforce, through free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams. 

You can find out more about coronavirus related scams and how to report them on our Trading Standards page.

BeReady

We provide free practical advice from specialist HR and financial management consultants via the beReady programme, delivered remotely and addressing what employers should be doing now to look after their employees and to safeguard the future of their businesses.

Existing beReady projects will continue to be delivered and new projects supported, with all consultants working directly with companies via telephone, Skype, Go ToMeeting or other remote communication tools.

Please email enquiries to business@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Watch this short video webinar on YouTube by Business Gateway on the practical steps you can take just now to help you plan for any disruption.

Scottish Enterprise has issued advice on business continuity.

Scottish Government helpline

The Scottish Government business helpline number is 0300 303 0660.

The helpline is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.

Useful links

Useful links that can help support your business:

Ayrshire Business Support Helpline 0330 678 1611

Our Business Support Team is here to help East Ayrshire businesses.

To find out more about any local support which may be available, you can email business@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or call our business support helpline on 0330 678 1611 to speak to your local advisers​.

The helpline is open:

  • Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 9am to 4pm

Calls are charged at local rates.

Sign up for a business support alert

To receive an email update about Business Support and funding available sign up to our Stay Connected Business Support bulletin.

What we can do for you

Our advisers offer a comprehensive, tailored package of support including:

Wellbeing support

Providing wellbeing support to businesses within East Ayrshire is key to better work and working lives.

An effective workplace wellbeing programme can deliver mutual benefit to people, organisations, economies and communities resulting in greater employee engagement and lower absence rates.

Suicide is one of the main causes of death among people in Scotland today that could be prevented, with two people dying by suicide each day.

Find out more about suicide prevention.

Other support

Our advisers will also signpost you to other services:

EU exit food and drink sector update

The Scottish Government has compiled a collection of information and guidance to help the food and drink sector prepare for the end of the EU Exit Transition period.

Economic development

Business Support is provided by our Economic Development service.

As well as supporting local business to grow and create jobs, we look to support local people into those jobs, attract new businesses to the area and to create vibrant town centres.

Contact Information

 

Economic Development
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Kilmarnock
KA1 1DD
Telephone: 01563 503237