Industry bodies representing creative industries, hospitality and visitor attractions have issued a statement calling on government to extend support for those businesses and professionals who will be latest to return to work, warning of a financial “cliff-edge” for businesses that will be unable to resume full levels of operation for some time.
The statement from Caroline Norbury MBE (CEO, Creative Industries Federation), Kate Nicholls (CEO, UKHospitality and Chairwoman, The Tourism Alliance) and Bernard Donoghue (Director, The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) reads:
“As lockdown measures begin to ease, government must recognise those businesses and professionals who will be much later to return to work.
Our brilliant creative, hospitality and heritage sectors employ millions of workers across the UK and form a key part of the UK’s cultural identity. However, many parts of these sectors will be unable to operate fully whilst maintaining social distancing. We must avoid a cliff-edge on vital measures such as the Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employed Income Support Scheme, ensuring relief continues for those businesses who will take longest to resume full levels of operation.
We call on government to extend support measures for those who will be the last to return to work and introduce targeted support for those industries most in need, as is the case in countries such as Belgium and Germany. The inclusion of financial support should be included in the remit of the newly established ministerial task forces.
Our businesses will play a key role in regenerating the UK, and in driving tourism and the wider economy, as we rebuild. They must be supported through this crisis.”