Extra Funding To Support Scottish Wedding Industry
A £25 million funding package to support the wedding sector and supply chain has been welcomed by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.
According to the Daily Record, the fund, which had an extra £10 million added to the original £15 million at the end of January, went live on 28 January in recognition of the continuing challenges being faced by all areas of the wedding industry.
The fund will provide one-off grants of up to £25,000 for eligible businesses in the sector impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes wedding venues, photographers, caterers and suppliers, as well as many other businesses.
The funding is being managed regionally by Scotland’s three enterprise agencies – Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise.
Ms Martin said: “This is a very welcome cash boost to the wedding sector and its supply chain in the north-east and across Scotland. The pandemic has substantially changed what the wedding sector is allowed to offer with the many restrictions which have been put in place during the pandemic.”
She added that the funding will help mitigate the unprecedented effects of the pandemic on the wedding industry in the last 10 months, and urged any businesses that think they might be eligible to apply.
“It is important this funding reaches many of the relevant firms as possible,” she added.
Businesses must be in one of the following sectors: venues; videographers; photographers; marquee hire (includes tipi); wedding attire; florists and event stylists; caterers; cakes; transport (not including taxis); event supplies (cater hire, decorative items); hairdressers and make-up artists (non-mobile); entertainment (band, DJ, piper, string quartet); jewellery designers/makers/sellers; wedding exhibitions/events; wedding publications or listing sites; celebrants; wedding stationery; and other specialist niche suppliers (photo booth, event nannies and event planners).
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