Suffolk Chamber statement on the Chancellor's latest announcement
John Dugmore, chief executive, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce:
“Yesterday’s announcement and unprecedented actions, contained many of Suffolk Chamber’s and our national body the British Chambers campaign ‘asks’ of the Government - Whilst we await the detail, on face value it looks an impressive programme to initially reassure many hard-pressed employers with the aim of giving confidence to thousands of Suffolk businesses to continue trading in the future.
“As with these announcements, some quiet reflection is needed to look over the detail, particularly to understand the 80% salary safety net that Government announced, and drill down on the detail so it’s clear what is included; wage or full employment costs, as an example.
But last night’s announcement must be welcomed, the Government understands business must continue during these times, as there need be a robust economy when UK plc comes out of this on the other side. Therefore we will pour over the detail so we can advise and guide our members, whilst continuing to press for more support, particularly looking at areas such as the county’s very many self-employed and freelancers who it appears on face value, are not getting any direct support to keep their businesses on the rails at a time when much of their income has been put on hold.”