Bira has already lobbied for extra support for independent retailers following the outbreak of Covid-19.
However, the trade body’s ceo Andrew Goodacre said more must be done to protect businesses from collapse. Some of the measures that Bira would like to see implemented include:
-Financial support for self-employed people who have had to stop working;
-Government intervention allowing independent retailers to claim on their insurance policy for business interruption;
-Improved guidance for banks lending under the new business interruption loan scheme;
-Extra support for landlords so they are able to work with their tenants when businesses have been closed.
Andrew said: “We would like to see direct financial support to the self-employed independent retailers who have had to close their business. Our members were delighted to see support for their employees, but how do they cope with no income? I think a similar scheme to the employee protection scheme (80% of income covered) would be appropriate.”
Measures that Bira has already successfully campaigned for include: the reduction and subsequent removal of business rates; provision of grants from local authorities; support for employees through the employee protection grant; and hardware/DIY stores and health food stores identified as essential services so they are allowed to continue trade during UK lock-down.
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