Sherborne Chamber – National Lockdown three comes into effect for the Dorset and Sherborne. Keith Bawden, Chairperson has said the following:
“With the new variant of the virus taking hold, and infection rates rising rapidly in the past weeks have led to the current course of action from the Government, and we as a Chamber support this new lockdown, as it is necessary if we are ever to return to normal’
“We as a chamber fully get the impact this lockdown will once again have on businesses and individuals in Sherborne, and we as a Chamber will continue to work with the Town Council and the County Council to make sure that the business support is there and available for anyone that needs it during these hard times.
“The Chamber itself will continue to be here for our members and we will continue to be here to offer support and help where we can. We are also going to be carrying on with our events online, and we will be announcing more on this in due time. Please check our website’s up and coming events for more information.
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new, national lockdown in England, and following the implementation of a lockdown in Scotland earlier today, British Chambers of Commerce Director General Adam Marshall said:
“Businesses will understand why the Prime Minister has felt compelled to act on the spiraling threat to public health, but they will be baffled and disappointed by the fact that he did not announce additional support for affected businesses alongside these new restrictions.
“The lockdowns announced in England and Scotland yesterday are a body blow to our business communities, hard on the heels of lost trade during the festive season and uncertainty linked to the end of the Brexit transition period. Tens of thousands of firms are already in a precarious position, and now face a period of further hardship and difficulty.
“Billions have already been spent helping good firms to survive this unprecedented crisis and to save jobs. These businesses must not be allowed to fail now, when the vaccine rollout provides light at the end of this long tunnel. The financial support for businesses needs to be stepped up in line with the devastating restrictions being placed on them. Otherwise, many of these firms may simply not be there to power our recovery when we emerge once again.
“Enhanced support for businesses, a turbo-charged vaccine rollout, and delivery of existing promises on mass testing must be delivered to enable the UK to restart, rebuild and renew.