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Preston BID release statement urging government to help businesses survive the extra month of restrictions

Posted on - 15th June, 2021 - 11:19am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Preston's skyline over the Docks Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston’s skyline over the Docks Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston BID have released a statement about the impact delaying restrictions easing will have on businesses across Preston.

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Yesterday (Monday, 14 June) Boris Johnson announced that current restrictions would remain in place until 19 July, which means mask wearing and social distancing will still be required.

This means many businesses are left disappointed with many in financial difficulty.

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Preston BID released a statement which said: “The delay to remove restrictions will come as a huge disappointment to businesses who must remain closed, or who need to operate at reduced capacity.

“Many of them face significant reductions in turnover, and cashflow is a real issue. They are desperate to reopen fully and play their part in the recovery.

“We must ensure that they receive the necessary financial support, and clarity, that will give them a fighting chance.

“Until businesses are able to open fully we call on the government to release further cash grants to delay the tapering of government payments into the furlough scheme, an extension of the VAT deferral scheme and the contribution of 100% business rate relief.”



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