Doncaster businesses are confident about their ability to re grow after the pandemic

A survey shows that whilst small businesses are concerned about the effect of any future lockdowns they are optimistic about being able to bounce back after a turbulent year.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 6:27 am

Thousands of businesses across the country were asked about their pandemic concerns but 63 per cent said that they are emerging from lockdown with either concrete plans or intentions to grow their business over the next 12 months.

The survey conducted by the British Chamber of Commerce and the Funding Circle found that even hospitality, one of the worst hit sectors, still anticipates growth (58 per cent).

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Jade Dyer, Business Director at Doncaster Chamber, said: “We have seen the ability and will of businesses to bounce back from the devastation caused by Covid-19 which is a huge testament to their resilience.

“Businesses across the region have been affected and the scars of Covid-19 will remain for years to come and whilst we see optimism across the sectors with an appetite to invest, many firms are understandably still uncertain about what the future holds.

“As we have seen with the roadmap, businesses work well when they can operate with advance notice on changes wherever possible.

“With this in mind, there still remains a need for the government to clarify the future of safety measures, such as social distancing, and set out a clear package of support that would be available should further restrictions be imposed on businesses this year, or in the years to come.

“Businesses will feel more confident and will be more willing to invest in jobs and in developing their business, if the government can give assurances that a safety net of financial support will be provided should there be a need for restrictions which reduce or stop commercial activity in order to protect public health.”

More than half (53 per cent) of businesses in the survey said they have already returned to pre-pandemic levels with a further 27 per cent expecting to reach the same milestone by October 2021.

Some of the struggles businesses are facing are the possibility of possible future lockdowns, social distancing restrictions and concerns around customer demand and recruitment issues.

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