14 March 2020
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:
“These are substantive steps from the Scottish Government that will be hugely welcomed by business. Sector-specific support is vital in hospitality, leisure and retail.
“Freezing rates and introducing direct grants are also important elements - and more may be needed, as knock-on effects are emerging daily in sectors and businesses of all sizes. So the scale of response must keep pace with the impact. Agility is essential.
“Meanwhile the vast majority of businesses are doing all they can to support staff through tough times, including encouraging working from home where possible.
“Maintaining close communication between business and the Scottish and UK governments will be essential for protecting employees’ health and the nation’s economic wellbeing as this rapidly evolving situation unfolds.”