Eligible Sectors

As a guideline, the following sectors are likely to be eligible for support:

  • Manufacturing
  • Service to manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale
  • Transport and Distribution
  • Software
  • Agriculture linked to farm diversification
  • Tourism & tourism infrastructure
  • Service based (providing they are not one of the sectors not normally¬†eligible for support)

Certain business activities which may not strictly adhere to the above sectors may be considered, including:

  • Restaurants which support the local tourism product
  • Retail activities in isolated settlements where there is no suitable alternative provider within the area or with a specific tourism focus
  • Specialist B2C activities where key skills could be lost (e.g. specialist florists)

Each applicant will be required to demonstrate the additionality that their business/project will achieve at the local or Scottish economy level.

The following sectors may not be eligible for support:

  • Sale of Motor Vehicles
  • Real Estate / Speculative Property Development
  • Professional Services
  • Social and Personal Services
  • Local Services