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Caithness Business Fund launches second round of support scheme thanks to £100,000 from NDA

By Alan Hendry

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A £100,000 contribution from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is allowing the Caithness Business Fund to open a second round of its Covid-19 Support Scheme.

It follows on from the success of the initial round of the scheme which was funded by a similar six-figure sum from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) and supported 55 local businesses.

Again, grants of up to £5000 will be made available to businesses within the Dounreay travel-to-work area to help with costs associated with reopening that can be clearly attributed to the Covid-19 crisis.

Due to a high level of expected demand, this second funding round will be open from today until 5pm on Tuesday, June 30. Applications will only be accepted via email, and anyone interested in applying should first view the initial guidance to ensure eligibility and then fill in a copy of the application form from caithnessbusinessfund.com/covid-19-support-scheme.

Chief executive David Peattie says the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is delighted to provide the additional funding.
Chief executive David Peattie says the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is delighted to provide the additional funding.

Trudy Morris, chief executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, which manages the fund, said: “The first round of this scheme was a huge success and I am delighted that we were able to support 55 businesses across the region through this.

"It was clear from the level of interest we saw that there was significantly more demand for support than we would be able to fund through DSRL’s initial contribution.

“We are extremely grateful to the NDA for recognising the challenges facing the local business community and for stepping up with an extremely generous contribution of a further £100,000.

"We have already been able to help a huge number of small businesses through this scheme, and this contribution will significantly boost our capacity to support the local business community at a time when it is needed most.”

NDA chief executive David Peattie said: “The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is delighted to provide this additional funding support. This has been a difficult time for everyone, and we recognise the challenges faced by businesses as we enter this Covid-19 recovery period.

“Given the major impact of our work at Dounreay, we continue to work closely with our partners to do everything we can to support and protect the local economy.”

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