Chamber Responds to New National Lockdown

Following the announcement last night of a new national lockdown Chris Fletcher, Policy & Communications Director at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The announcement of a new lockdown wouldn’t have surprised that many as it has become increasingly obvious that further measures would again be required to halt the spread of the virus.

“For many businesses learning to cope with Covid has been a necessity for the best part of a year with measures and processes set up in the workplace and financial support available. However this support is not universal and we still hear from too many business owners that they have been excluded from any financial help.

“We also have a significant number of businesses in certain sectors such as hospitality, leisure, tourism and culture that have not been allowed to open fully if at all since the middle of March last year. Here in Greater Manchester we have had controls and restrictions of one form or another in place virtually throughout the pandemic and many business owners and their employees are facing a very uncertain next few months.

“This is why it is absolutely vital that effective financial support is immediately put in place reflecting the scale and scope of these new measures and that will support all businesses and employees through this coming period. This pandemic has hit everyone in one way or another and with a vaccine a reality and being rolled out, the end is in sight but that should be no reason now to skimp on financial support so vital to see businesses through. We await to see and hear from the Chancellor as to what measures will now be put in place to help shore up the economy so that the recovery, when it comes, will be sustained and effective.”

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About Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

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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