Suffolk Chamber statement on the Chancellor's latest statement
“Suffolk Chamber is pleased that the Government has listened to calls from us and other parts of the chamber network for the ongoing package of support for businesses, including the self-employed – although there are still those which have been left out in the cold.
“Suffolk Chamber welcomes the extension of the furlough scheme as it will help bring some measure of certainty and underpin business confidence in these difficult times.
“We are also aware that most Suffolk organisations have successfully implemented their contingency plans arising out of the first lockdown and there is a general sense of acceptance that the next four weeks are necessary, if not entirely welcome, here in a county with comparatively low COVID19 infection and death rates.
“However, we cannot carry on like this indefinitely. The negative implications of intermittent lockdowns is now a serious headwind as businesses start thinking about their longer-term investment and job creation decisions. The Government must – and quickly – start establishing some longer-term scenario planning, based on the rollout of possible vaccines and a test and trace system that is swift and accurate. Businesses have done their bit and they now expect more than make do and patch up solutions from national policy makers.”