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UWS is fully committed to supporting economic recovery in the UK in a post-COVID19 world. The University has four Scottish campuses, covering council areas in Ayrshire, Dumfries, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire and we have been working closely with local authorities and business partners in these local areas to support our neighbours and friends in these challenging times. Now more than ever, we are keen to support those around us in any way we can.   

There are a range of external organisations that can help and support businesses:

Our partners in Renfrewshire may benefit from the Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund.  

The Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund is a £1.3million Renfrewshire Council package of interest-free loans and grants providing immediate help to businesses affected by the pandemic. It has been developed following detailed discussion with 500 local businesses and is designed to make the biggest difference in the short-term to businesses and people self-employed, with all applicants receiving tailored guidance from in-house Business Gateway advisers.  

To find out more about the support loans available to businesses and to start your application process, please click here 

Once Business Gateway receive your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email and following initial checks, a Business Gateway adviser will be in touch to discuss the application and all available support. 

PPE Support 

As well as financial and guidance support, there is also support for businesses who require PPE to ensure their business can re-open and operate safely. PPE kits are available and include vital supplies of hand-sanitiser, vinyl gloves and face coverings, as well as government posters and signage for your workplace. These packs are also available to Renfrewshire businesses outside of the Paisley Business Improvement District. To find out more or to claim your pack, please email: 

Tailored Advice & Support for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed 

Business Gateway advisors are also on hand to provide tailored advice and support to small businesses and to those who are self-employed. Business Gateway can also offer consultancy support for small businesses and the self-employed, covering a variety of topics from finance and legal, to HR and digital marketing.  

To find out more about the help available, please contact Business Gateway directly by or by calling 0141 530 2406 

Last updated: 06/10/2020