Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Information

The global crisis created by the rapid spread of Covid-19 continues to create unprecedented challenges for businesses across Glasgow and beyond. Throughout this situation we remain committed to supporting our members and the wider tourism industry and will regularly update this page with useful links and resources.

Funding and Grants 

A number of support mechanisms have been put in place to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on business and SMEs. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and relates to support available.

Glasgow City Council business support section provides details of the Coronavirus Business Support Fund which they are administering on behalf of the Scottish Government in Glasgow for businesses based in the city. You will also find the self-employed hardship application for on this page.

VisitScotland have put together a very useful table of available funding sources for your business. The table includes links to relevant websites, an overview of what's covered and how to access the support. As it becomes available, this page will be updated with the latest financial advice to support tourism and events businesses. 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector. The UK-wide fund will address immediate pressures over the coming months for those organisations most in need. It is open for applications until 30 June. 

The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce have also put together a helpful 'cheat sheet' of all of the currently available funding for businesses.

Are you a hospitality worker? If you have recently lost your income, or been made unemployed from the hospitality industry, you can apply here for financial support. A new fund especially for the drinks industry, from the brilliant folks at The BEN 

job opportunities

Hospitality Unite is a free to use jobs portal to help hospitality and tourism workers who have been displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

My World of Work: have immediate job opportunities for workers who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 on their website.

Marketing and PR

VisitScotland Business Events have issued their business events specific messaging - #ScotlandWillWait. Although now is not the time to conduct a ‘hard sell’ of Scotland, it is a time to keep communication channels open and show that Scotland is here to support and guide our industry, clients and friends through this difficult time. We would encourage you to engage on social media and create your own content with the hashtag #ScotlandWillWait.

VisitScotland have launched a new social media campaign, #AWindowOnScotland, urging residents to share online the sights they can see from their properties - creating a virtual vision of Scotland's towns, villages and cities, reminding everyone of what is waiting across Scotland when travel restrictions are lifted. 

The Glasgow Pantry:Cooking, cocktails and conversations with your favorite Glasgow businesses during self-isolation. If you would like to get involved and share your business with Experience Glasgow audiences. Get in touch if you’d like your business featured [email protected]

VisitBritain: Bringing a little bit of Britain to people via a social campaign sharing content focused on popular British culture designed to help consumers beat boredom and frustration. If you would like to join the conversation you can find further details on the VisitBritain website.

Health and Wellbeing

The Mental Health Foundation is committed to bringing readers reliable and relevant information. All of their pages are written and regularly reviewed by mental health experts, in line with official advice on the corona-virus outbreak. You will find information here to help look after your, and your employees, mental health during COVID-19 lockdown.

Hospitality Health was formed to support the wellbeing of staff and students in the Hospitality Industry. They have added a new section to their website with support for the ongoing pandemic.  

Glasgow Club have teamed up with partners at Les Mills and Metafit to bring you free access to online work outs, plus the team of fitness experts are coming up with new ways to help everyone keep feeling part of the Glasgow Club, starting with a range of home workout videos which don’t need any equipment. They’ve also put some tips and resources together to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing, along with some Yoga and Pilates sessions to help ease tension and stress during these challenging times. There's lots of advice for families on how to keep active with your kids indoors too.

Glasgow Libraries e-Library has a huge range of digital content available 24/7 for work, study and pleasure. You can access over 12,000 eBooks and audio-books, 100 popular magazine titles and 15 million songs for free and all available to download straight to your phone, PC or tablet. Plus a huge range of free e-Resources to help boost your knowledge, business, study and research, using you library card.

Millions of people enjoy Glasgow Museums, taking part in activities, listening to talks and learning more about our amazing collection. While our venues are temporarily closed they'll be sharing objects, stories, pictures and creative ideas on their social channels.

virtual events and Training

My World of Work: has a database of free online courses offering a convenient and flexible way to learn. Course subjects include languages, IT, science, health, humanities, business, maths and marketing.

HIT Scotland have pulled together a collection of self-development links and activities that will help you continue to be engaged with the industry and update your skills and knowledge while at home. Download the free app Learn @ Home with HIT!

Have a browse through VisitScotland's virtual events and training listings to find out what’s on in the coming weeks. 

Virtual Networking

DLP Assemble Weekly Call: Join industry colleagues for this weekly group call on Tuesday from 4-5 for a chance to get together, share the latest information, updates and ideas for supporting colleagues, businesses and start planning for the future.

Experience Glasgow set up Glasgow Business Action What’s App Group which offers an opportunity to connect with industry peers, share information and receive updates. Join the group here.