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Scottish Business Community calls for clarity, consistency and cooperation in COVID-19 response 3 April 2020



Scotland’s leading business organisations have issued a joint-statement in response to the private sector’s role in tackling the Covid-19 crisis.

Thirteen of Scotland’s leading business organisations stated that protecting the lives and livelihoods of all Scottish citizens remains their primary concern and cooperation in the national interest provides the best means to get through the crisis.

The ‘stay at home’ message is not as straightforward for all businesses as it may seem and essential businesses must continue helping the country to function, avoid job losses and furloughing and ensure we have a strong economy once the crisis is over. A number of additional measures have been put in place by these businesses, such as providing protective screens.

It is imperative that the government provide businesses with clear guidelines on who can and cannot remain open, to avoid confusion, and needs to ensure assistance is up-to-date and targeted correctly.

With business committed to doing its part, we need to emphasise cooperation, consistency of policy and clarity of message across all parts of the UK to ensure we tackle the crisis effectively.”

Signed by: 

CBI Scotland, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Scottish Financial Enterprise, Law Society of Scotland, Scottish Engineering, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Scottish Renewables, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Retail Consortium and Chartered Institute of Public Relations Scotland.

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