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A group of local small business owners and self-employed people have taken part in a roundtable video call with Matt Western MP to discuss the current Coronavirus pandemic and how businesses can take steps to recovery.
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western recently held the business support surgery with the Federation of Small Businesses to enable local small business owners to raise issues that they are facing, caused by the Coronavirus lockdown.
With businesses representing a variety of sectors that have been hit hard by the pandemic including retail and hospitality, a wide range of issues were covered. These included gaps in support, struggles that small businesses are facing in accessing finance, and the need for further clarity on the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Matt Western MP said “I am pleased to once again speak to local businesses to listen to their concerns surrounding the impact of the current crisis. These conversations help inform me of the issues that businesses are facing so I can more effectively speak up for their interests in Parliament. It is clear that businesses across the constituency desperately need easy access to cash and require greater flexibility in the furlough schemes, among others. I’ve raised these issues directly with Ministers and will continue to do so until businesses get the support they deserve.
“I’d like to thank the FSB for all the great work they’re also doing in supporting businesses during this difficult time.”
Liz Katz, Director of Noisegate Media and FSB Warwickshire and Coventry area lead said local businesses had welcomed the call.
She said “It was a very useful discussion with Matt Western MP on the issues being faced by our local small businesses and self-employed, at what is an extremely challenging period for everyone. The businesses represented on the call covered a lot of areas with access to finance and impact on cashflow a particular concern. It was also clear that further clarity and detail is needed on lifting lockdown restrictions so that small businesses can start to prepare for the future.”