Renfrewshire Council

Sector specific support and grants for businesses during coronavirus

Support and grants for specific sectors including food retailers, taxi drivers and operators, outdoor seating for cafes, restaurants, bars, private landlords, and the arts, music, creative communities.

Advice for sector specific businesses including:

Arts, music and creative industries

Creative Scotland has a list of funding and resources available to those in the creative community affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The funding is open to individuals, groups, or organisations, supporting a wide range of activities in the arts, screen, and creative industries.

Café, pub and restaurant outdoor seating

If you have a cafe, pub or restaurant and you want to adapt your premise to provide outdoor tables and seating, you will need a 'pavement permit'. You can request this by emailing our Roads team at or calling 0300 300 0380.

If you want to serve alcohol outside to customers, you will need an occasional licence. See the occasional licenses page for more details and the application form. You can also get advice from our Licensing team by emailing

If you are providing a cover over your outdoor seating area, such as a pergola, you may need a building warrant and planning permission. For more information on building warrants, contact our Building Standards team by email to For help with planning, email the Planning team at or call 0141 618 7835.

Charities, community groups and third sector organisations

See a list of organisations, support and tools that may be able to help if you have a charity, community group or a third sector organisation.

Food retailers

If you're a food retailer and you want to start doing takeaways or deliveries, read our advice for food businesses on takeaway and delivery options.

Private landlords loan scheme

This scheme offers eligible landlords up to 100% of lost rental income for a single property. It supports private-sector landlords not classified as businesses who have five properties or less and have lost rental income due to tenants unable to pay rent because of coronavirus through a short-term emergency interest free loan.

Find more details about the Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme on the GOV.SCOT website.

Grants for businesses impacted by local restrictions

We managed the  COVID-19 Local restrictions Grant for businesses in Renfrewshire impacted by the Level 2 restrictions, supporting soft play centres and restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs impacted by hospitality regulations. This grant is now closed - if you have any questions about this grant in Renfrewshire, contact our Economic Development Team at

Grants for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers and operators

Licensed taxi and private hire drivers

You may be eligible for a grant from our Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund if you meet all of the following criteria.

If you:

  • were eligible for, but did not apply to, the Scottish Government Taxi Driver and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund 
  • are a licensed Renfrewshire taxi or private hire driver who has suffered a loss of income
  • have been working, or available for work, between 9 October 2020 and 3 June 2021.

Complete the online application for the Renfrewshire Council taxi and private hire driver support grant now with a grant of £3,000 awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

We aim to pay these grants promptly within five working days of an approved application.

Taxi and private hire operators

We administered applications for the Scottish Government taxi and private hire drivers and operators grant for eligible taxi and private hire operators in Renfrewshire. The application process closed on 23 July 2021 and completed eligible applications are being paid within a maximum four-week period.

Contact our Economic Development Team at if you need more information about these grants in Renfrewshire.

Wedding and event businesses

The Scottish Government has made  additional support available to businesses in the wedding and event sectors the funding being managed by Event Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.