Support for Businesses: Covid-19

Part of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons on 29th September 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

I was really disappointed by the answers the Business Secretary gave to my right hon. Friend Edward Miliband. I have global exhibition companies in my constituency that are on the verge of going bust. They do not need to be told about the kickstart scheme or apprenticeships, or to be told that universal credit is available for them. These companies are calling for an extension of business rate relief and a new grant scheme, bearing in mind that many of them were not eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grant. Will the Secretary of State consider this, and commit to publishing a provisional date when conferences and exhibition events can reopen, as has been happening in parts of Europe? Will he also agree to meet the sector? I have tried lobbying the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on this, and I am getting nowhere. Will he pay attention to this sector?