Business Discretionary Fund opens 7th April for ONE WEEK

Information from Councillor Martin Earl.

The Discretionary Business Support Fund is reopening from 9am Wednesday 7 April until 5pm Tuesday 13 April.

This funding will provide direct financial support to businesses in the Stirling Council area, specifically to mitigate immediate financial challenges arising from the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations announced in October 2020.  It is a one off payment of £4,000 and is aimed at small and micro-businesses (50 employees or fewer). Eligibility criteria and information regarding the fund can be found at :-

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund-new/

  • This second application opportunity is there for businesses that did not apply during the first round (18 January to 3 February)
  • This fund is designed to support small/micro businesses that have not received support from a variety of other means – There are details on the link above regarding who is/is not eligible to apply and what information will be needed.

I assume there will be a link provided on website page prior to fund opening for applications. Please let me know if there are any problems applying (earlm@stirling.gov.uk). I very much doubt there will be a further opportunity to apply to this fund so please do check and apply if you believe you are eligible.

Drop-in sessions organised for Stirling’s Climate Plan

Virtual drop-in sessions have been organised for the public to find out more about Stirling’s Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan.

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on the first draft of the Plan, which will be key in Stirling’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

As part of the consultation, three live online events will take place on the Council’s Engage Stirling Platform.

Officers from the Council’s Sustainable Development Team will deliver a presentation and those in attendance will be able to send them questions. 

All the events will take place between 5-6pm on:

  • Thursday 8 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April.

To take part, please visit the Engage Stirling platform and click on the link when the session is scheduled to start.

Drew Leslie, Stirling Council Senior Manager for Infrastructure, said: “Everyone in Stirling has a role to play in tackling the climate crisis so it’s vital our communities participate in shaping this urgent plan for action.

“We can’t carry out the normal face-to-face engagement due to the ongoing pandemic so we have arranged these virtual drop-in sessions to help the public understand the vision, objectives and actions of the document and to provide an opportunity for people to ask questions.

“Addressing climate change remains at the top of the Council’s agenda and we want this to be the same in our communities, so I would encourage as many people to come along to the events and help us take the next steps in this global challenge.”

The Climate and Nature Emergency Plan spells out a vision to improve residents’ lives, help Stirling’s economy thrive and enhance the local environment.

To view and comment on the plan, head to the Council’s Engage Stirling platform. Those unable to access the digital platform can request a hard copy by calling the Contact Centre (01786 404040).

Covid 19 testing unit goes live in Callander

A Coronavirus community testing unit will go live in Callander this Thursday for residents across the region.

Rapid Coronavirus testing will available from Thursday 1st April – Saturday 3rd April for people throughout Stirling who do not currently have Coronavirus symptoms.

Residents who don’t have any of the three COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.

There is no need to book and testing is available at McLaren Leisure Centre on the following dates:

–        Thursday 1st April – Saturday 3rd April: 12pm-6pm.

Test results will be available in around 45 minutes and can be received at home rather than having to wait at the testing facility. Anyone with a positive test will be asked to undertake a confirmatory PCR test.

The Future is Coming….


The Thornhill Futures Team have been beavering away over the last few months and may soon be calling on residents to ask for their opinions, hopes and wishes for the future of our lovely village and surrounding area.

Find out more information on the new Thornhill Futures webpage which has been added to the Comunity Website.

Updates will be added via this blog page. So if you don’t want to miss out make sure you subscribe to email updates on the right hand side of this screen!

Council lead scheme to reduce employment barriers for young people

Stirling Council is leading on a new programme aiming to reduce employment barriers for a generation of young people.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme was launched by the Scottish Government in November 2020 to protect young people from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The scheme aims to give all young people aged 16-24 the chance to succeed through a job, an apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

Stirling Council has received £500,000 funding to deliver support locally on behalf of the Scottish Government, building on its ongoing commitment to closing the gap for young people in the area.

The Covd-19 pandemic created a uniquely challenging period for Stirling’s young people, who responded with outstanding commitment and resilience to achieve high levels of attainment in last year’s SQA results.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme will help Stirling’s young people achieve their goals and ambitions, with support delivered in partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Forth Valley College, Developing the Young Workforce, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, Stirling Community Enterprise and a number of local third sector organisations.

Stirling Council Senior Manager, Economic Development and Communities, Stuart Oliver, said: “The importance of investing in the next generation has never been greater as we deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is absolutely vital that that our young people can live, work, learn and achieve all they want here in the Stirling.

“We are committed to helping our young people through these difficult times by creating opportunities and providing career help, while also supporting our employers to build their future workforce.”

Key aspects of the programme will include:

–        Support which reduces young people’s barriers to employment because of a disability or learning difficulty, health inequality, poor mental health and wellbeing, criminal conviction or offending behaviour.

–        An employer recruitment incentive supporting local businesses to employ a young person and provide access to training.

–        A new job placement scheme for local young people.

–        Provision of accredited learning and training programmes supporting young people to gain qualifications.

–        Volunteer work programme supporting young people to develop skills.

–        Access to digital devices and data for vulnerable young people.

If you’d like to find out more about the Young Person’s Guarantee in Stirling, please contact learningandemployability@stirling.gov.uk.