Local Chambers of Commerce discuss COVID-19 pandemic impact with Economy Minister

Representatives of Belfast Chamber, Derry Chamber, Newry Chamber and Causeway Chamber have today spoken with the Economy Minister Diane Dodds MLA to tell her about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their members across Northern Ireland. The four chambers of commerce encouraged the Minister to help put pressure on the UK Government to immediately introduce an employment support scheme to help businesses to save jobs and incomes.

Commenting after the conversation with Minister Dodds, Belfast Chamber Simon Hamilton said, “We welcome the opportunity to talk directly with the Economy Minister and tell her how the outbreak of COVID-19 is seriously impacting upon our members, their businesses and their employees. We impressed upon Minister Dodds the need for the Executive to continue to provide support directly to businesses to help them through this crisis and protect jobs and that the assistance that is available should be communicated as clearly and as quickly as possible to the business community.

“We particularly talked to the Minister about our shared belief that the UK Government needs to step in fast and introduce some form of employment support to help protect people’s incomes and jobs.

“In our view, this is now absolutely essential and a positive response from the UK Government is needed without delay.

“We thank Minister Dodds and her Executive colleagues for their ongoing efforts to support the business community at this trying time.

“We all know that more work and support will be required and we as organisations representing hundreds of businesses across the region will do all we can to work with the Executive to get companies the help they need”.