The Scottish Government has announced that a £25 million fund will open for applications on Thursday 28 January 2021 for the wedding sector and its supply chain.
With many weddings being cancelled or indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic, the sector has faced significant difficulties. In recognition of the challenges businesses face, the Scottish Government has boosted the fund, originally supposed to be £15 million, with an extra £10 million.
The Scottish Wedding Industry Fund will provide one-off grants of up to £25,000 for eligible businesses in the wedding sector which have been impacted by the current pandemic.
As a local MP, I'm delighted with this news. I've dealt with several constituent cases for people who own small businesses in the wedding sector and know just how badly their trade has been decimated by lockdown regulations. In November, I presented a petition in the House of Commons calling for proper sectoral support.
I'm delighted that the Scottish Government has stepped in to help. These are all viable businesses when restrictions are lifted and full weddings can once again take place, and they will play an important role in helping with the economic recovery.
More information and a full list of eligible businesses can be found on the Scottish Government website.