ASSC announces £1m grant for self-catering businesses

UK: The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers [ ASSC ] and Visit Scotland have announced a £1 million grant to support Scottish self-catering businesses.

The government grant will support businesses facing hardship due to the effects of the pandemic.

The fund will be made specifically available for Scottish businesses previously ineligible to receive other support or funding. Applicants can receive a one-off grant worth a maximum of £10,000.

ASSC chief executive Fiona Campbell said: “The ASSC has doggedly and persistently fought the corner of our members on business support grants. We are therefore delighted to see this fund being launched and welcome everything that it will do to help Scotland’s £723 million self-catering sector.”

Applications can be provided to Visit Scotland through a central email system, who will also be responsible for transferring funds. ASSC will take the part of reviewing and approving applications, using their expertise to determine an applicant’s success.

Scottish self-catered and short-term accommodation is set to be subject to new regulation by next summer that will be enforced by the Scottish government. Edinburgh in particular has been a target, with studies claiming the city’s rentals have insufficient planning permission and remove residential housing stock from the city’s centre.

The ASSC responded to the claims, noting that much of the city’s available rental stock was used to house NHS members during the pandemic. The announcement noted the sector’s rapid shut and struggles with reopening during this time.

Campbell added: “Scotland’s self-caterers have sacrificed so much to help the country suppress the virus and we will continue to do our bit to keep everyone safe now that the tourism sector has reopened to visitors. The ASSC is also thrilled to be working with our trusted, valued, and cherished partners at Visit Scotland and we can’t wait to get started to get the funds to deserving, professional self-catering businesses.”