Businesses, employers and jobs - Coronavirus update

Finding a new job

If you’ve lost your job or are worried that you might, we can help you. There are organisations across the city who offer support, advice, and guidance to help you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews.

Contact Next Step Edinburgh or call 0300 365 0025 and they’ll put you in touch with the right organisation.

Advice and support for businesses

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises.

The UK government has general guidance for employers and businesses.

You can also download a guide on the different measures of support available and who to contact about them.

The Scottish Government has support and advice for your business.

Useful sites for business continuity for employers and businesses from Scottish Enterprise.

Find local and virtual support from Business Gateway Edinburgh.

Federation of Small Businesses have support and guidance open to all members and non-members on their dedicated business support hub.

Business rates

The Scottish Government has announced several changes to non-domestic rates for the financial year 2020/21 to help businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19. We’re working with our partners to implement these changes as a priority.

Coronavirus Business Support Fund

You can apply online for the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant and the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant.

If you feel that your property should qualify for a grant as it is broadly similar but not one of the specific property types listed, please still complete the form and we’ll assess your eligibility.

We will start making payments from 6 April 2020. We’ll be processing applications in batches and will be contacting Grant Applicants directly by email to let them know when we are processing and paying their application.

The Council and its partners are working with employers to avoid job losses where possible. If you have lost your job or are worried that you might, we can help you.


We’ve granted a three month extension for licence holders in the city whose renewals were due from 16 March to help them through this extremely difficult time. This covers those holding taxi, private hire car, civic and Housing of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licences.