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Scottish Government figures show Highland businesses share £69 million cash support through coronavirus pandemic

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Kate Forbes
Kate Forbes

The latest figures from the Scottish Government show that almost 6,500 Highland businesses have received a combined £69 million support through the coronavirus pandemic.

When compared with the 31 other local authorities in Scotland, the Highland Council area is the third highest beneficiary through the Scottish Government scheme, with only Glasgow and Edinburgh city council regions receiving more.

The Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Scheme were designed to support small businesses and the retail, hospitality and leisure sector.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “I know that this has been a very challenging period for businesses during the crisis.

“These grants have made a massive difference across the Highlands.

“The Scottish Government moved quickly at the outset to put funding in place and as the initial phases come to a conclusion we can see just how many businesses have received support.”

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