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Useful Information
for Bute Businesses

Short Stay Certification For Accommodation Providers in
Argyll and Bute

Recent changes to how your accommodation may need council certification to continue to operate legally was passed in October 2023.  An opertaing licence is now required.  More details can be found here.

Argyll & Bute Council
Short Term Lets Licence

Argyll and Bute Council have assembled a team to work on the applications for the short term lets licence scheme which is required by the Scottish Government legislation.

If you are starting up a short term let business, or are already running one, here is information on what you should do to ensure you are operating legally.

Financial support and grants
for your business

Argyll and Bute Council has a range of schemes providing financial

assistance for businesses based in Argyll and Bute.

Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme

The programme includes fully funded specialist advice on a range of topics and 50% grant funding up to £5,000 to support your growth or COVID recovery plans.  Find out more at Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme (

Small Business Development Grant 2022

Grant funding to help your micro or small business based in Argyll and Bute to develop.  Grants of 75% of costs up up to £3,000 are available. Find out more about the Small Business Development Grant.

Business Start-Up Grant 2022

Grant funding to help your new business to start up and establish in Argyll and Bute.  Grants of up to £3,000 are available, phased across three payments. Find out more about the Business Start-Up Grant.

Help with business rates

There are a number of relief schemes available which you may be eligible for - find out more details and apply at Help with business rates (

Find Business Support Scotland

To find out about other support from across Scotland’s public sector, visit Find business support in Scotland - Find Business Support. You can see your options for funding, advice, help and more all in a single location and sign up for email alerts on the latest updates.

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