Chamber Comments on Greater Manchester Being Placed in Tier 2 of Covid System

Commenting on the news that Greater Manchester will be in Tier 2 of the government’s new Covid alert system, Chris Fletcher, Director of Policy and Communications at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The news that Greater Manchester will be in Tier 2 will come as some relief especially for those businesses that have spent most of the last week trying to operate under the threat of another enforced closure. However questions still persist around the continued lack of an adequate financial support package for those who cannot operate normally and of course for any business that may be affected should the present status be amended and GM ends up in Tier 3.

“The virus must be stopped and it’s crucial that full attention is given to the worrying numbers that show the North West is the epicentre of the latest outbreak. However stopping the virus cannot come at any price and ongoing damage being done to the economy and community cannot be sustained. The lack of contact with local leaders by Whitehall is simply staggering at a time when it is absolutely needed most.

“We may have dodged a bullet for now but unless we bring the virus under control the very real danger is that we end up in Tier 3 later. Without adequate support, funding, transparent planning and upfront, adequately timed communications by government this would be a disaster for the local economy.”

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce. Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking. The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations. The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.

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