Chamber CEO Comments on PMs 50 Page Plan

11 May 2020

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Corin Crane, Black Country Chamber Chief Executive, had called on the Government to deliver a more detailed plan for the phased easing of restrictions and further information on financial support schemes.

Business leaders who demanded clear guidance and “practical questions answered” to help the UK begin emerging from its coronavirus lockdown have responded to Government’s 50-page plan to exit the lockdown, which was announced this afternoon by Boris Johnson.

Corin Crane, Black Country Chamber Chief Executive, had called on the Government to deliver a more detailed plan for the phased easing of restrictions and further information on financial support schemes.

Mr Crane said it was imperative the Government laid out a more detailed “road map” to help businesses plan their futures with some certainty, business leaders had been crying out for further information for the phased easing the restrictions, coordinated across the region and the UK and supported by clear guidance.

With further guidance for businesses expected this evening, reacting to today’s plans, he said, “This marks the first glimmer of light for our faltering economy, a phased and careful return to work is the only way to protect jobs and pay for future public services.

“Success will rest on flexibility within a framework; clear guidance which firms can adapt for their particular circumstances. However, businesses still need further clarity on what ‘COVID Secure’ looks like, but this guidance does help businesses to plan and prepare their workforce for a return to work.

“The coming weeks should see business, the Government and employee representatives working together as part of a national effort built on openness and trust.

“This is the only way to revive the UK economy and protect both lives and livelihoods, we all share the Prime Minister’s ambition to see more people return safely to work over the coming weeks.

“Companies will do everything they can to protect employees and customers, maintain social distancing and operate successfully as more sections of the economy are permitted to reopen.

“Firms will also need to know that Government support schemes, which have helped save millions of jobs in recent weeks, will continue for as long as they are needed so that they can plan ahead with confidence. Financial support will need to evolve for sectors moving at different speeds – some remaining in hibernation, while others get ready to open safely.

“The timing of further easing of restrictions must be guided by the public health evidence, but businesses needed their practical questions answered so they can plan to restart.”


COVID-19 The Road to Recovery: A Summary for Business

Find and read the summary document here: https://www.blackcountrychamber.co.uk/campaigns-projects/documents/covid-19-business-resources/

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