BT has announced an unprecedented package of support to help Scotland’s small businesses get better positioned for recovery and growth following the coronavirus outbreak and as they prepare for a post-Brexit future.

The BT’s Small Business Support Scheme sees the company introduce a range of new measures to help small businesses boost their connectivity, cashflow and confidence.

BT’s action plan includes a commitment to pay its 4,500 small business suppliers promptly and within 30 days of being invoiced, to helping firms fund the cost of ultrafast business connections, as well as access to free resources such as business mentoring, digital skills, marketing tools and mental health support.

Alan Lees, BT’s Enterprise business in Scotland director, said: “With small businesses accounting for more than 99 per cent of all businesses in Scotland, they are the beating heart of our economy, high streets and communities. They deserve the support of each and every one of us to help them thrive into the future.

“At BT, we can use our technology, scale and expertise to help small businesses kick-start recovery and growth by boosting their connectivity, cashflow and confidence.

“So we’ve listened to the needs of small businesses and are stepping up to deliver a support scheme which should have something for everyone – whether you’re a sole trader, tech-start up, micro business or a larger firm.”