Advice for businesses

Free school meal vouchers: important advice for Paypoint retailers (Friday 3 April, 11.00am)

We have put in place a system to make sure children get their free school meal entitlement during the coronavirus emergency.

Each parent/carer will receive a £20 voucher once per week for each eligible child. This will come to them by text, email or by post.

When they come to your shop they should select their food and take it to the counter. The voucher is then exchanged for cash.

When they present their voucher to you they must spend their cash on products purchased in the shop for two reasons:

  • Firstly they are avoiding making unnecessary journeys to comply with government guidance
  • Secondly they will be supporting local businesses

We monitor the Paypoint system to ensure that vouchers are being used. And almost everyone in North Lanarkshire is already following these rules.

If you have any specific questions about the voucher system, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Enforcing coronavirus restrictions on businesses (Thursday 2 April, 10.45am)

The council has been given enforcement powers under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 to prohibit certain businesses from opening, and for ensuring that social distancing arrangements are in place for businesses that are allowed to continue to trade under restricted conditions. 

If you have any concerns regarding businesses that are open or issues relating to social distancing arrangements please contact us on 01236 856361, at or using our online form.

Civic Government Licences (Thursday 26 March 15:45)

All civic government licences are being automatically extended for three months.

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund (published 24 March)

The Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund is being administered by local authorities.

Eligible ratepayers in North Lanarkshire can apply to North Lanarkshire Council for a one-off grant payment as detailed below up to 31 March 2021. Only one grant is allowed per ratepayer regardless of the number of premises held. 

These grants are aimed at helping keep companies in business and keep productive capacity so that they can recover. Their intention is to:

  • protect jobs
  • prevent business closure
  • promote economic recovery

The two grant funds available are:

  • £10,000 Grant Fund

The ratepayer of the businesses located in a non-domestic property with a less than £18,000 rateable value on 17 March 2020:

  1. in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS)
  2. in receipt of Rural Relief, or
  3. eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief

can apply to access a support fund and receive a one-off small business support grant of £10,000. This is only available if they were the ratepayer for a premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

  • £25,000 Grant Fund

A separate one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors operating in a premises with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £50,999. This is the rateable value as at 17 March 2020 regardless of any subsequent reduction in rateable value due to an appeal. This is only available if they were the ratepayer for a premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

How to apply

To apply, download and complete the pdf icon Coronavirus Business Support Fund application form [301kb], and send it to:

Please ensure you also submit a scanned bank statement or image of the nominated online bank account with your application form. This should be no more than three months old.

Queries on eligibility

If you have any queries on your eligibility for the Business Support Fund, please contact us by e-mailing: and we will respond to your query as quickly as possible. It is important for all enquiries that you include your include your full name (and business name), address and postcode and a contact telephone number.

For any enquiries NOT related directly to the Business Support Fund, please e-mail

Award of funding

North Lanarkshire Council will review your application and assess if you are eligible for the grant. We will contact you if we require any clarification or further information. The council will aim to make payment direct to your nominated bank account within 10 working days from receipt of a fully completed application. 

Information for council contractors

The council is currently awaiting procurement guidance from the Scottish Government. In the meantime, our aim is to support you where possible and appropriate.

The council will be in direct contact with its contractors to seek various pieces of information which will allow us to determine what support can be offered, allowing us to make informed decisions and minimise disruption to the supply chain.

In the meantime please visit and for information about government schemes which may be available to you.


Advice for Businesses

Employers - What help is there and who can I talk to?

North Lanarkshire Council

The council has set-up a dedicated mailbox for businesses who are concerned about the impact of coronavirus. Email to arrange a one-to-one call back between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for advice and support. The e-mail address is:

We have also created this pdf icon Covid-19 Scottish Business Support Summary [733kb] which provides an overview of the support available.

Business Gateway Lanarkshire

Local business support is also available through Business Gateway Lanarkshire to help with a wide range of business matters during the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses can seek help and advice on a range of issues such as contingency planning, managing cash flow, finance, dealing with suppliers and more. Get in touch with your local Business Gateway office at or call 01236 884 732 to speak with a business advisor.

Business Gateway has also issued a short webinar on the practical steps you can take just now to help plan for any disruption. You can watch this here:

UK and Scottish Government Business Support

With the fast changing nature of the current situation, information and advice for businesses from the Scottish Government, UK Government and other agencies is shifting rapidly.

For all the latest Government information on business support in relation to the outbreak, please visit the UK Government website and the Scottish Government's Find Business Support website.

The information on this page is under continuous review and will be updated regularly, so please be sure to check back for the latest information. 

Non-Domestic Rates Relief

The Scottish Government has announced a range of support that includes rates relief for Scottish businesses, and grants for businesses in some sectors that are likely to be most affected. 

You can access information on this support at 

Additional sources of support and guidance for your business

The organisations below can also help your business with free-to-access checklists of what businesses can do to minimise the impact of coronavirus on their operations:

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