Close Contact Services Fund

Courtesy of Nick Dott, McDaid & Partners

The Close Contact Services Fund will provide a one-off payment to support eligible close contact service businesses impacted by the COVID restrictions and guidance introduced from 9 December 2021 to 24 January 2022 to control the Omicron variant.

The grant is a one-off payment of:

  • £1,000 for self-employed businesses
  • £1,500 for non-domestic rates (NDR) registered businesses with premises

More details on how to apply will be available shortly. 

Eligibility

This fund will support businesses in the close contact service sectors which have been affected by the restrictions and guidance introduced from 9 December 2021 to 24 January 2022.

Businesses which own or rent premises with a non-domestic rates (NDR) account and self-employed individuals offering a close contact service are eligible, if they are registered as one of the following:

  • beauty services
  • hairdressing and hair removal services
  • spa and wellness services

And provide any of the following services:

  • hair washing
  • trimming and cutting
  • setting
  • dyeing
  • tinting
  • waving
  • straightening
  • waxing
  • threading
  • laser hair removal
  • shaving and beard trimming
  • facials
  • nail treatments
  • manicure
  • pedicure
  • exfoliation
  • dermatology & skin care treatments
  • make-up
  • lash extensions
  • spray/application tanning by a person

Further guidance on eligibility is available on the Scottish Government website.