Funding for business

Help and Support for businesses during the COVID-19 restrictions

This page will be revised as quickly as possible in response to Government updates. The most up to date information on COVID support for businesses, including funding, can be found at Find Business Support. All queries relating to COVID funding for businesses should be directed to ceu@gov.scot. For other enquiries, please email economicdevelopment@eastlothian.gov.uk 

Business Support and Continuity Tourism Sector

The following sectors, previously supported by funds administered by VisitScotland, will be eligible for top-up grants:-

  • coach operators
  • day tour operators
  • hostels
  • inbound tour operators
  • outdoor/marine
  • visitor attractions

Businesses previously supported by VisitScotland under these funds will be contacted directly.  Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) Fund.

To find out more about this fund visit Find Business Support.

East Lothian Investments Ltd

ELI Ltd is a not-for-profit company, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, providing interest-free loans to East Lothian businesses. It is managed by a Fund Manager and governed by a Board of Directors.

  • companies must be based within East Lothian
  • loans can be applied for up to £25,000 and are interest-free with a 5% arrangement fee
  • applications can be for any purpose, except debt repayment
  • loans awarded will normally be re-paid over a term of 5 years
  • open to businesses at all stages and all sectors and types of businesses, including start up
  • upfront repayment holiday may be available, if required

More information, including applicant guidance and application available visit East Lothian Investments. Deadline for applications is Monday 30 May 2022 at 12 noon.