◆ Aaron Wilson of The Bow Bells says: “I’m relieved by the continued support from the Government – the idea of a drop-off after October was a concern, especially in light of the 10pm curfew coming in.
“The VAT repayment extension will help cashflow, especially with the reduction of trading hours and any potential dip in trade through a partial lockdown. We took out a bounceback loan back in April when we still had no idea when or if we would reopen, so it was always in the back of my mind that this could go on for another year or more and we would have to start paying back. The extension has definitely relieved some of that pressure.
“That being said, the next six months are going to be tough. These new policies will certainly help but going into the winter months alone was always going to be hard.
“The current restrictions are going to have a big impact on trade, and if these tighten even further who knows what will happen?”