Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement of further support for businesses and jobs as Coronavirus restrictions increase, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:
“This is a very significant improvement in the support available to businesses struggling with the impact of increasing restrictions across the UK.
“Chambers have been campaigning for greater support for businesses experiencing big falls in demand as a result of new restrictions, and a number of the steps announced today, including the lowering of employer contributions and the number of hours worked needed to qualify for the scheme, respond directly to our calls.
“Backdated grants for hospitality firms in tier two and enhanced grants for the self-employed will go some way to alleviating pressure on many of those who have been particularly vulnerable to the economic impact of the pandemic.
have called for support to be truly commensurate with the restrictions
imposed on businesses as part of our five tests for Coronavirus
measures. The true test of these reforms will
be whether they help businesses on the ground get through the difficult
months ahead. Chambers of Commerce will continue to work with the
Treasury to ensure that support is responsive and preserves businesses