The GCA continues to lobby the government on key issues facing members
Amanda Fergusson, CEO of the Greeting Card Association, said, “We are continuing to lobby government direct and also joining with other trade associations to ensure that feedback to government is loud and coordinated.”
The key issues the GCA is taking forward to the government during this period are:
• Concern over the duties Directors can do if they furlough themselves as current Treasury advice is that they can only do statutory duties.
• The lack of support for small businesses who have no support via the current schemes.
• Business Interruption Insurance – The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) is conducting a survey to gather information on this topic to provide feedback to the government. The complete the survey click here.
• Access to funding, which the government has recently addressed.
If members have any other issues they would like raised, they are invited to get in touch.
The GCA is reminding members and other small businesses that the government is providing regular updates on Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the support measures available. All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK. Organisations should pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.
The Business Support website helps businesses find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the support measures that are available. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available. Some aspects of business support are devolved. Specific information for businesses and employers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is available.