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South Of Scotland Destination Alliance Tourism Business Survey June 2020

Key findings:
Just over two thirds of businesses (67%) have received some financial support through the various grant and loan schemes, however 8% as yet don’t know the outcome of their applications, and 20% have still been unable to claim anything.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme scheme has been helpful to more than a third (37%) of businesses across the region. 67% of those using the scheme will continue to furlough some or all of their staff now it has been extended until October. 41% plan to bring employees back into the workplace on a part time basis as business start up again. What is clear, is that due to uncertainty about the season ahead in 2020, over two thirds (70%) of businesses using the scheme would like to see the CJRS continued beyond October in order to support businesses until the start of the next season.

There is a small level of optimism in the sector with over half (57%) of businesses saying they are more likely than not to reopen this year.  Many businesses (64%) are already adapting – or looking at ways in which they can run their business differently once they are able to open up.

However, nearly a third of businesses throughout the South of Scotland (30%) expressed a lack of confidence about the long-term future of their business with 32% saying they will need further financial support as we come out of lockdown.  Most (47%) anticipate recovery will take between 1 and 3 years.

Key Challenges

  The key challenges for all businesses as they start to consider reopening are:

Training and Support Requirements

Businesses are seeking clarity and information about how they can reopen once allowed, the key points being:

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