A statement to our stakeholders on the COVID-19 pandemic

Hannah Downey

Dear Stakeholders,

Thank you for bearing with us whilst we organise our communications in response to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of Scottish Government’s response to COVID-19, the priorities of the Scottish Rural network will be changing slightly to reflect the changed needs of you, our stakeholders, during this unprecedented situation.

We will be trying to share as much useful information and guidance as possible, including the most recent official guidance issued by Scottish Government as well as various resources and helplines that you can contact for support.

The current official guidance from Scottish Government can be found here

If you are based in a rural area and you have any queries, or would like to report an emerging situation in your community then please don’t hesitate to contact us via our general mailbox and we will do our best to respond or point you in the right direction: info@ruralnetwork.scot

Please also get in touch if you are aware of any community initiatives providing on-the-ground support during this time – we would welcome the opportunity to share this through our channels.

If you have questions relating to your business and COVID-19, please call the new helpline which has been launched to give Scottish businesses tailored advice on COVID-19. The helpline number is 0300 303 0660. It will be open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:30. Call handlers will answer questions related to COVID-19 as well as relaying the challenges faced by businesses to the Scottish Government. Please note that the helpline is currently experiencing high volumes of calls.

Our weekly newsletter will be issued on an ad hoc basis going forward as new information becomes available to us – you can sign up here.

Please note that until further notice our small team will be working from home but still contactable via phone, email and our social media channels within core working hours, Monday-Friday.

Thank you for your patience, and stay safe and healthy.


From the Scottish Rural Network team