21 January 2021
Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director, said:
“News that the Northern Ireland-wide lockdown will be extended is understandable given the worryingly high prevalence of the virus. While this comes as little surprise to business, the economic damage cannot be underestimated.
“The Northern Ireland Executive must now redouble efforts to get business support to the firms that need it as quickly as possible. Similarly, the UK Government must look at extending the successful Job Retention Scheme to the end of June to protect jobs and livelihoods at risk. And governments across the UK and Republic of Ireland must work together on fuelling the much-needed economic recovery.”