FSB: Help required for Aberdeen businesses if lockdown continues

The First Minister today confirmed that a local lockdown will continue in Aberdeen for at least a further seven days.

David Groundwater, FSB’s development manager for north east Scotland, said: “With coronavirus case numbers still high in Aberdeen, authorities have made an understandable decision to extend lockdown conditions for another week. But at every turn policy-makers need to remember the many local firms who – through no fault of their own – either can’t open their doors or face a collapse in local footfall.

“At the very least, now’s the time to work out how we’ll get business in the granite city back on their feet. One great idea to allow Aberdeen eateries to benefit from the Chancellor’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme later this year, as they’re missing out this August. Another sensible proposal is to roll-out local grants if this lockdown continues much longer.”