Helen Dickinson: Government must move quickly to save retail jobs

Dickinson, Helen 2019

Businesses across the UK welcomed the chancellor’s announcement of a fund to help with employee’s salaries last week. However, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson says the government must urgently provide more details on how it will work

During last weekend’s press conference at Number 10, as I was doing my bit to reassure people about how the industry is responding, it dawned on me just how significantly the coronavirus crisis is affecting all of retail.

Half the industry is seeing an unprecedented surge in demand, and all the challenges that come with it, while the other half is seeing demand fall away dramatically as a result of new public health measures.

It is now more important than ever that we talk to the government with one loud, collective voice; allowing clear messages to pass quickly between the government and industry.

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