Coronavirus Information Hub

Information, updates, support and advice for food and drink businesses impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak.

There has been a big collective effort in place to support the food and drink industry through this extremely challenging period and collaboration remains key to navigating what lies ahead.

Scotland Food & Drink, alongside industry partners, government and individual businesses, continues to work through a number of priorities to support the industry through its recovery. Below you’ll find all the latest developments, business and financial support available as well as key resources around workforce and adapting the workplace.


Updates & Announcements

You’ll find the latest developments here as well as on LinkedIn and Twitter. We issue an update on a Friday. To get the update direct to your inbox, sign up here.

Please get in touch via if you have a specific question or concern.

Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Updates and Activity

Collaboration is key to navigating what lies ahead and the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership is uniquely placed to help steer the food and drink industry through this unprecedented economic and health crisis.

The Partnership, bringing together ten trade bodies, public sector bodies and the Scottish Government, are harnessing their experience and history of collaborative working to swiftly respond to daily challenges with one, coherent voice.

Together, the Partnership is tackling each new challenge with tools and support specifically designed for the whole industry from timely joint industry statements to letter templates allowing our workforce to get to work.

Recovering from Coronavirus and fuelling Brexit preparation

The pandemic changed everything and the next great disruptor, Brexit, is on the horizon. So we must adapt to the new realities – and make them work for us. This recovery plan amplifies and accelerates the current core work of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership in delivering Ambition 2030. Critically though, it adds new catalyst actions to jump start and expediate the recovery.

View the Recovery Plan here

Support for Businesses

This is a collection of some of the business support resources currently available.

Support for Businesses - Financial Assistance

Covid19 - Support for Businesses - Financial Assistance

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Support for Businesses - Business Help

Covid19 - Support for Businesses - Business Help

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Support for Businesses - Webinars & Guides

Support for Businesses - Webinars, Insights & Guides

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Here you will find information clarifying key workers, Food Standards Scotland official guidance regarding ongoing operations and social distancing and links to recruitment portals for food and drink businesses.

Workforce - Adapting Your Workplace

Covid19 - Workforce - Adapting Your Workplace

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Workforce - Supporting your employees

Covid19 - Workforce - Supporting your employees & key workers

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Workforce - HR & Recruitment

Covid19 - Workforce - HR & Recruitment

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Previous updates

Public heath advice

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of normal sense of taste or smell

For people showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus the UK Government is stressing the importance of seeking help online by using the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

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