Covid-19 / Uncategorised / 18 March 2020

SBPA welcome COVID-19 Business Support, Workers Must Be Next

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has welcomed the announcement this afternoon from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture Fiona Hyslop of the £2.2bn worth of measures to support business, and the replication of measures announced by the Chancellor yesterday.

Commenting, Paul Togneri of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association said:

“The replication of the support that the Chancellor announced for businesses in England yesterday is very much welcomed by industry, and we commend the Scottish Government for the speed of their announcement.

“Low-cost loans and business rates holidays are a positive step, but we now need immediate action to address the lack of cash in the beer and pub ecosystem.

“For that we need an immediate announcement from the UK Government that they will guarantee that staff will be paid by underwriting at least 75% of wages. That is so companies can keep these staff on and easily reopen when the situation changes back to normal.

“Mass and permanent pub closures are absolutely inevitable in a matter of days without a meaningful support package from the UK Government. Some pubs are already closing and there is no guarantee that they will ever reopen.

“Another important step is quick access and distribution of the £10,000 and £25,000 grants. This can be done via pub owning companies who have capability and means to get the funding directly to the businesses that need it most.

“These measures, alongside the immediate cancellation of duty payments due on 25th March and VAT payments due at the end of the month can stop critical cash leaving the system.”

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