BCC responds to PM’s address

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has responded to last night’s address from the Prime Minister, on plans to get England back to work.

Commenting on Boris Johnson’s televised speech (May 10), BCC director general Adam Marshall said he shared the Government’s ambition to see more people return safely to work over the coming weeks, but awaited further detail.

“Companies will do everything they can to protect employees and customers, maintain social distancing and operate successfully as more sections of the economy are permitted to re-open,” said.

“Businesses will need to see detailed plans for the phased easing of restrictions, coordinated with all nations across the UK and supported by clear guidance. It is imperative that companies have detailed advice on what will need to change in the workplace, including clarity on the use of PPE.

“Firms will also need to know that government support schemes, which have helped save millions of jobs in recent weeks, will continue for as long as they are needed so that they can plan ahead with confidence.

“The timing of further easing of restrictions must be guided by the public health evidence, but businesses need their practical questions answered so they can plan to restart, rebuild and renew.”