Retail NI Urges Immediate Establishment of Coronavirus Small Business Grant Scheme

In a conference call with the Economy Minister Diane Dodds MLA, Retail NI has urged the rapid establishment of the COVID-19: Business Support Grant Scheme.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“I had a very useful discussion with the Economy Minister on the need for the grant scheme to be immediately established to assist Retail NI members and other impacted businesses”

“Retail NI also wants to see the application process for these grants to be speedy and streamlined, so the funds can urgently reach the businesses that are in need”

“The Minister gave me the welcome news that the scheme would be established rapidly and the application process would be simple”

“I also stressed to the Minister that the full one year 100% rates relief scheme, which is in place in the rest of the UK, needs to be fully implemented in Northern Ireland”

Turning to the response of the UK Government, Mr Roberts continued:

“Given the huge impact of coronavirus on the economy and with so many jobs lost, the UK needs to introduce a temporary Universal Basic income to support unemployed workers and their families”


Glyn Roberts 07515710517