RESPONSE TO CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE ON UNPRECEDENTED PACKAGE OF SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community, said: “The Chancellor’s significant economic announcement, along with the other measures introduced by the NI Executive, is welcomed by the business community.

“Importantly, it is welcomed by charities and social enterprises who employ a substantial number of people here in Northern Ireland, and who are feeling the enormous impacts of the challenges we face. Many of these organisations are working on the frontline with the most disadvantaged in our society and are committed to continuing their work throughout this crisis. We are indebted to them.
“Business in the Community was founded in response to a crisis, and we are already rising to this one. More than ever, our communities need businesses to support them. We are already seeing innovative approaches to community support being implemented by our member organisations. Crucially, we are seeing businesses strive to be responsible where possible, developing a range of measures to help keep their people engaged – whether they continue to work or are unable to work but remain an employee of the business. This financial lifeline will enable businesses to keep on doing just that.”