11 January 2021
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:
“The announcement of a further extension to COVID-19 support grants for the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors is welcome and will undoubtedly help some of Scotland’s hardest-hit firms as they struggle with evaporating demand and day-to-day cashflow challenges.
“There is however no doubt that severe restrictions, while both understandable and necessary, are having a significant impact on jobs and livelihoods across the Scottish economy. All firms, including across vital supply chains, are experiencing huge challenges, in turn weakening the foundations for economic recovery.
“Any potential further restrictions – particularly for vital sectors like manufacturing and construction – must be transparent. After 10 months of adaptation, closure and sacrifice, businesses need to see clear evidence for these decisions.”