Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Small Firms Association (SFA), today, said the move to reinstate Covid restrictions was a serious blow to tourism and hospitality firms who had planned and prepared for the busy Christmas trading period.
Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, said: “Small businesses across the economy and country face a much tougher January and February than forecasted just a few weeks ago.
“While many businesses impacted by these new restrictions will be able to access the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS), firms in commercial premises, without premises and further down the supply chain will not be eligible to apply for CRSS.
“To ensure these firms can continue trading during the Covid restrictions, the Government need to allocate funding for a new round of Restart Grants, extend the commercial rate waiver until 1st April 2021 and introduce a binding mandatory arbitration process to manage disputes over commercial leases in 2021.
“We know that Brexit in whatever form it takes will pose challenges for small business in the new year – many of whom will have to adapt to new trading arrangements with the UK. Therefore, government must focus on keeping the cost of business down and ensure that the Brexit and Covid supports that are available are rolled-out in a fast and timely manner.
“There are both disadvantages and opportunities that will be offered to the small business community in the New Year. We ask government to continue to work with business to ensure our hospitality and experience economy reopens and that a greater number of office workers return to city centres and office parks next year,” concluded Spollen-Behrens.