◆ Rowena Howie of The Revival Retro Boutique says: “While I welcomed the measures that will help small businesses like mine I was still left with more questions than answers.
“I’ve worked so hard to protect jobs, save my business, pay suppliers and build resilience among my network of self-employed freelancers, yet still as a director of a company, there is nothing to acknowledge that I’m doing a job and I need to get paid.
Some of the targeted support will definitely benefit my business, specifically the extension to repayments of my Bounceback Loan and Pay as you Grow, but the future is still very uncertain.
“I already had to make one redundancy last week but I really hope I won’t have to make any more. I think it has required them to move at a pace no government is used to and I applaud swift action. However, the lack of consistency in their messaging has been to great detriment in how the public responds to measures controlling the virus now – and our ability to recover economically and culturally in the future.”