Covid-19 / Pubs / Scotland / Uncategorised / 02 May 2020


New research by the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has revealed that an estimated 1500 pubs eligible for vital grants, still haven’t received the funds from Local Authorities to help them survive the COVID-19 lockdown.

The research showed that Glasgow City Council, which has 384 pubs eligible for the Coronavirus Business Support grants of £10,000 or £25,000, had the lowest percentage of grants paid with only 25% of applications reaching businesses as of the 28th of April. This leaves an estimated 288 pubs in the city without the much-needed lifeline of support, and only 96 receiving the funds.

Across the whole of Scotland, 3,929 pubs are estimated to be eligible for a grant, with 61% (2,403) receiving the funds. This leaves an estimated 1526 pubs without this much needed cashflow at the end of the month, when bills and payments are due.

The Local Authorities with the lowest percentage of approved applications for grant support are:

  1. Glasgow; 25.05% Approved; 288 Pubs without funds.
  2. South Lanarkshire; 48.95% Approved; 80 Pubs without funds.
  3. Fife; 51.71% Approved; 143 Pubs without funds.

In contrast, those with highest percentage of approved applications for grant support are:

  1. Scottish Borders; 95.86% Approved; 5 Pubs without funds.
  2. Aberdeenshire; 83.84% Approved; 31 Pubs without funds.
  3. Clackmannanshire; 81.45% Approved; 7 Pubs without funds.

The support package was announced by the Finance Secretary Kate Forbes in March, with Local Authorities expected to receive funds within 10 days. Over one month later, many businesses have still seen no sign of the cash.

Commenting on the research, Emma McClarkin CEO of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association said:

“Our research shows that too many Local Authorities are not paying grants to pubs and other hospitality businesses anywhere near quickly enough, with over 1500 pubs across Scotland estimated to still be waiting. For smaller pub businesses in particularthis grant funding is urgently needed.

“This needs to be rectified immediately. Otherwise, pubs will close for good and the thousands of people they employ will lose jobs.

“Credit must go to those Local Authorities who are doing the right thing and getting their grants to pubs and other businesses quickly. We need the Local Authorities to learn from best practice and get the urgently needed support to pub businesses as a matter of urgency.”

This table uses data from the SBPA and that published by the Scottish Government here:

Information on the Coronavirus Business Support grants (via local authorities is available here:

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