Coronavirus: new survey lets £51k premises have their say


A NEW industry survey is looking to gather the experiences of operators across Scotland whose premises have a rateable value above £51,000.

The survey – a joint project between the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), Scottish Beer & Pub Association, UK Hospitality, Scottish Tourism Alliance and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions – asks operators a number of questions about their experiences during the COVID-19 shutdown, including whether or not they have successfully applied for any funding, how many staff they have been forced to make redundant, and whether or not they will be able to cover their fixed overheads and reopen in either July or August.

The results of the survey, which will only run for a few days, will be turned over to tourism minister Fergus Ewing next week to strengthen the case for greater government support for businesses with a rateable value above £51,000. It comes after economy secretary Fiona Hyslop said there were no plans to provide further grants for these businesses.

A statement from the SLTA said: “Whilst there has been a great deal of talk and focus on the Scottish Government’s Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis, trade bodies will not let this overshadow the need for immediate and ongoing grant support for those abandoned by government – hospitality and tourism businesses with a rateable value above £51K.”

Access the survey here.