SFA reaction to latest COVID-19 package

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The Small Firms Association has welcomed the Government’s latest support measures designed to see small businesses and their workers through the COVID-19 crisis.

Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director of the Small Firms Association said: “The Government has listened to the feedback we have provided and responded to the needs of small business owners across the country. Importantly, those that are self-employed who are experiencing a significant loss of income, will be eligible for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350 directly from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

“The announcement that non-essential retail outlets have been ordered to close is understandable given the circumstances. I encourage these small retailers to contact their local authority immediately in relation to rates deferral and to seek advice from their Local Enterprise Office on additional COVID-19 supports.

“SFA supports the newly announced social distancing measures and will work with small business owners to adhere to them and continue to support them during this crisis.”