Instructor Support Update – 10th February

Scottish Mobile and Home-Based Close Contact Services Fund
The Scottish Government has released information on a COVID hardship fund, that is specifically addressing Driving Instructors.  

This fund is for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and for Registered Driving Instructors. Eligible applicants will receive a one-off £4,000 payment (£2,000 for the period to end December 2020 and a further £2,000 to cover the period from January 2021 onwards).

To be eligible for this fund you must:
– have been operating your business before 17 March 2020
– have lost income as a result of Covid-19 restrictions
– meet all of the eligibility criteria

Please find full details here – https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/mobile-and-home-based-close-contact-service-fund

The fund is yet to open, but we recommend you review and prepare the stated information that you will need to provide alongside completing a contact us form with your email address, to directly receive updates on this fund – https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/contact-us

Once the fund opens, it will be open to applications for a four-week period.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we would urge you to review the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund — https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/newly-self-employed-hardship-fund

Instructor Support

Should you need further guidance in addition to our communications to date, please contact the Instructor Support Team on 01765 643374 or via instructorsupport@billplant.co.uk. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a challenging time for everyone, we will continue to do all we can to support our instructors, staff and trainees.

From everyone at Bill Plant Driving School, stay safe.

Kind regards

Tom Hixon
Head of Instructor Support