15 April 2021
Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director, said:
“News that some of Northern Ireland’s hardest hit sectors, from retail to close contact services, will reopen shortly will come as a huge relief to many. Prospective dates for reopening hospitality are also welcome, giving firms time to plan for welcoming customers back as safely and effectively as possible.
“While government support has undoubtedly helped to protect many businesses and jobs across Northern Ireland over the past year, it can’t come close to the revenues generated by full time trading. With recent warnings suggesting a bumpy ride ahead, as a lag in demand makes for challenging trading conditions on the ground, many firms are entering an uncertain period in a precarious position.
“While this announcement – in conjunction with progress in vaccine rollout – does offer real hope, every effort must continue to be made to support businesses as they seek to get back up and running. That means the UK Government and Executive working together to instil public confidence and bolster the private sector while the economy gets back on its feet.”