Local bookshops at forefront of bringing communities together during lockdown Local, independently owned small businesses are so important to our communities and local economy and I’m pleased that Independent Bookshop Week gives us the chance to celebrate the hugely valuable contribution bookshops make. I know that over the course of the week great efforts have […]
Phase two: what’s changing? Today, the First Minister has announced that we are now ready to move into phase two of the Scottish Government’s four phase route map out of lockdown. We have been able to move to this phase at this time because of the good progress made in suppressing COVID-19 in Scotland. The […]
What you need to know to stay safe Today, the First Minister has outlined how we are to move into phase one of Scotland’s four phase route map out of lockdown. The good news is that we begin that process tomorrow. I know that you will welcome this, but it is important to understand fully […]
£100 million additional Scottish Government funding to support as many local businesses as possible I am pleased that the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has announced an additional £100m fund for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people businesses impacted by COVID-19. This package includes a £34 […]
Coronavirus update for Argyll & Bute Thank you to everyone who has been in touch over the last few weeks. The amount of correspondence I have received by email, letter and phone has been unprecedented and I and my team have been working through all of this as best we can. We have had to […]
Airbnb have shut down their booking service, saying that from today, and for the duration of this crisis, it will not be possible to book a stay through Airbnb for anywhere in the UK.