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'Mass closures' threat to Highland business in light of new restrictions

By Tom Ramage

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The Highland spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses is calling for 'swift support' in light of the Scottish Government's new Covid restrictions.

"The First Minister has this afternoon outlined the further tightening of lockdown restrictions in Scotland," said David Richardson, the federations's Highlands and Islands development manager, "including preventing customers from going inside to collect takeaway food or coffee.

David Richardson: Swift help needed
David Richardson: Swift help needed

“Judging from the many enquiries that I have received from Highland FSB members over the past fortnight, the attention of those businesses that must now cease trading or further restrict trading activities as a result of today’s announcement will quickly turn to where and when they can get the financial help and support from government that they will need to survive.

“Many will undoubtedly find that their businesses are ineligible, or that funds that could help them survive are yet to be launched, and they will also find that they have joined a long queue of businesses already in this position.

"If we want to avoid the possibility of mass business closures across Scotland, all possible stops must be pulled out to get more money out of the door and into struggling firms’ hands now, before it’s too late.”

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