TayScreen response to Covid-19

Date: (30/03/2020)

How to get help and advice

As our partner Councils and organisations like Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland, we recognise the serious personal and professional impacts for companies, freelancers and staff across the creative, digital, and screen sectors.

If we can be of any assistance please call on +44 (0)1382 432483 or +44 (0)7951 380403 or email info@tayscreen.com.

Help and advice is available. Nationally in the UK and Scotland, this includes the UK and Scottish Governments, Creative Scotland, Screen Scotland, the BFI with help from Netflix, the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England.

In Scotland, key to providing assistance and financial support are the Business Gateway offices and their coordinating Local Authorities.


Help from Screen Scotland

Screen Scotland, the national agency for screen in Scotland says:

"The rapidly evolving situation regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is extremely challenging for Scotland’s film and TV industry.

Screen Scotland wants to reassure Scotland’s screen practitioners right across the sector that we are assessing the situation and working closely with our colleagues at the Scottish Government and others to advocate for specific interventions to support the screen sector through this outbreak, for as long as it may last."


Get more information at the Screen Scotland website about:

  • Screen Bridging Bursary
  • Single Project Development Fund

Applications open the week commencing 30th March.


Help from Creative Scotland

Get more information at the Creative Scotland website.

Funds launched:

  • Bridging Bursary for the Arts and Creative Sector
  • Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

They also have an enquiry service, with a dedicated email address for coronavirus related enquiries. Visit their Contact page for more information.

They have also put together a list of useful additional resources like advisory services, charitable trusts and benevolent societies.


Help from the BFI

Take a look a this summary of support including the new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund with support from Netflix.


Help from the UK Government

Stay up to date on the UK Government website.

Initatives they have put forward include:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England -see Scottish Government below for Scotland
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 - grant funding of £25,000 
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • New lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
  • HMRC Time To Pay Scheme


Help from the Scottish Government

Stay up to date at the Scottish Government website.

Support package information including:

  • Retail, hospitality and tourism - full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief 
  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000
  • 1.6% relief for all properties

Extensive advice for businesses in Scotland including help for self-employed.


Information from Creative Industries Federation & Creative England

All kinds of useful links and tips from these creative and screen industry bodies that are now merging.

See more at the Creative Industries Federaton website.


Scotland - Help from Business Gateway and Local Authorities

For Fife and Tayside see more at TayScreen information on Covid help and support in Fife Tayside. 

For elsewhere in Scotland check and contact your local authority at the COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) website.

For your Business Gateway go to the Business Gateway website.