As the Government announces further restrictions – including a curfew of 10pm for pubs – a survey of members carried out by Bacta last week reveals shocking rates of redundancy, with almost a third of the workforce having already lost their jobs or with their jobs at imminent risk. The government needs to act now.
Bacta has called on the government to allow the industry to survive through winter after a redundancy survey revealed that almost a third of all jobs have been lost due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.
Calculated across the whole trade association, the results showed suppliers of machines to pubs and clubs have been the worst hit – losing 32 percent of all jobs – with their businesses directly affected by pub closures yet receiving no support from the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. However, figures for all divisions were equally bleak, with seaside arcades, AGCs and manufacturers at redundancy rates of 30 percent, 26 percent and 27 percent respectively. Bacta said that in some cases, members were saying that any further impacts on business will mean they will have to close, making the government’s call for further restrictions even more concerning.
“This survey reveals the shocking truth of what we have been saying all along. Our industry needs support. We need the CJRS extended, rates relief for 2021/22, 5 percent and VAT and MGD for six months. It’s the only way many businesses will make it through the winter,” said Bacta CEO John White. “We also need Governments across the UK to wake up and stop penalising good companies that are playing their part in stopping Covid-19. Where is the sense in closing them down because some companies won’t implement Guidance properly? Shut them down and let the good companies get on with supporting the economy. I am sure businesses closed would soon fall into line. It’s a win/win policy that would drive standards up and infections down.
“More than one Bacta member (and its far worse in Scotland) have said if there are any more lockdowns they will have to close the business,” concluded White. “Bacta has written to DCMS with these figures to illustrate just how desperate our situation is.”