07 Oct 2020
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Stuart Patrick said:
"In response to the First Minister's statement, we welcome the additional financial support announced by the Scottish Government but worry that £40m will not be enough to stop a tidal wave of closures and job losses."
"Test and Protect was supposed to allow Government to manage the public health crisis whilst keeping the economy going. This clearly isn’t working well enough and it is not unreasonable to expect that seven months into the crisis we have a more sophisticated approach.
"Government needs to clearly articulate a plan to manage Covid as it has already been highlighted that constantly switching business on and off is not sustainable and the impacts will damage entire communities. Now is the time for all levels of Government to genuinely work together and more meaningfully engage the private sector to identify measures to protect lives and livelihoods."