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With mandates published, the talks on the future UK-EU relationship are beginning to provide a clearer sense of direction and priorities from both sides.
The third sector recognises major firms are under pressure to recruit efficiently, and that’s why they want to help, says Leadership Through Sport & Business CEO, Caroline Adair.
CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn has welcomed the support provided for the self-employed and called for fast clarity on how and when money will reach bank accounts to help individuals to plan. She added:
"The self-employed make an immense contribution to our society and across many industries. They will play a critical role in the UK’s recovery once we overcome the worst of the virus."
As the government steps up precautions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, CBI Northern Ireland Director, Angela McGowan said:
"Businesses are trying to do the right thing. Many firms in critical sectors have implemented huge changes in the workforce to keep their employees safe, while simultaneously ensuring that essential products and services keep flowing."
Reacting to the coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has outlined which jobs are essential to help businesses plan ahead. In response to this, Chief UK Policy Director, Matthew Fell said:
"Defining which workers are critical to the national effort is a difficult task. Today’s list will help business and individuals to plan. But the need for different jobs will change in the weeks ahead, so the list must be kept under constant review with additions where necessary."
CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn has welcomed measures announced in the Chancellor's first Budget, saying:
“Overall, today’s budget is a powerful signal to firms at home and abroad that the UK can and will manage the immediate challenges and long-term opportunities in parallel.”
Measures to help the flow of credit and support businesses potentially facing cash flow issues could make a real difference in the weeks ahead, said Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist. She added:
"All eyes are now on the Chancellor today to do his part. This is a timely, proportionate response to a serious situation, though it's vital policy is kept under review as things improve."