Following on from the announcement of a range of measures to support small firms impacted by current coronavirus-linked disruption in last week’s Budget, the Chancellor has today pledged:
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “The Government has thankfully today made clear that it will step in and provide small firms with the cash flow they need - whatever it takes. This marks a hugely important intervention. And it’s good to hear the Chancellor pledging to do more in the days ahead.
“Small firms are having their futures threatened in the here and now. They need support in the here and now.
“This unprecedented package of loan guarantees, business rates breaks and cash grants marks a hugely welcome step forward. The key now is to deliver these measures within the coming days with no hold ups at banks, local authorities or central government.
“Some small businesses are already on the brink – they need time and space from landlords, HMRC and lenders over the next few days before these interventions take effect.
“Clearly small employers will need a huge amount of support to keep staff on their books at this hugely difficult time, so it was good to hear the Chancellor pledging to develop an Employment Support Package to help make that possible. We will be working together with the Government to ensure the employment package provides for the self-employed.
“In what will be difficult days ahead for the small firms that make-up 99 per cent of our business community, the Chancellor has today made it clear that the Government will back them – we will continue to press for any and all measures needed. Support must be delivered in every nation and region of the UK.”