Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth has written to Welsh Government with urgency to request additional support and resources to aid the business community as it faces severe strain in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Businesses on Ynys Môn have written to the AM expressing significant concern following lost business and revenue in light of the UK Government’s advice to enact social distancing as the fight against the spread of coronavirus intensifies.
In a letter to Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Ken Skates, Rhun ap Iorwerth said:
“In light of recent announcements in London as well as several small business owners in my constituency contacting me personally with fears of the effects Coronavirus may have on their businesses, I have contacted Welsh Government with urgency regarding what support they will be providing for people at this time of crisis.
“UK Government has announced a package of support in the recent budget that will take the pressure off businesses who may otherwise be significantly affected by the current Pandemic, but businesses in Wales are still waiting for such an announcement.
“One local business owner in my constituency has calculated that he has lost upwards of £16,000 over the next 10 weeks due to cancellations, which is a significant sum. Further pressure on this particular business is felt as there are employees who need to be paid. Another small business yesterday reported to me that revenue losses as a direct result of covid-19 were running at £120k.
“Further to this, I have written to Welsh Government asking them to outline what support is available from Welsh Government for the self-employed and sole traders. Scottish Government has set up a helpline for businesses to contact, so I have also asked if Welsh Government will be setting one up as a matter of urgency.”