Appeal to First Minister

Firms need help in new Covid clampdown says FSB

shop closed notice

One in 20 Scottish businesses remains closed (pic: Terry Murden)

A small business group has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urging the Scottish Government to outline the support it will provide to firms if new coronavirus restrictions are announced. 

Official figures show that one in 20 businesses in Scotland remain shut and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is warning that new restrictions – however temporary – could increase the number of permanent closures. 

Its appeal for clarification follows the First Minister’s statement at today’s daily briefing when she confirmed there would be no national lockdown, “not even on a temporary basis”, but said new, unspecified, measures would be announced in parliament tomorrow..

She said there is no plan to make people stay at home nor impose travel restrictions across the country.

“We are not about to shut down the economy,” she said.

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon said there would be no repeat of the March lockdown

Her comments follow concerns expressed by business owners and trade bodies that the economy would be severely damaged by any new lockdown.

The FSB later pointed out that the UK Government detailed its standard grant package in the event of further lockdowns in early September.

Andrew McRae, the FSB Scotland policy chairman, said: “Ministers need to understand that new coronavirus restrictions will take a huge toll on Scotland’s small business community. Many Scottish independent firms’ reserves and credit-lines are close to exhaustion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked as *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.