29th Oct, 2020

Government's back-to-work plan cautiously welcomed by business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire

Andy Morris 17th Jul, 2020

THE GOVERNMENT’S announcement that employers can choose to bring their staff back to work from August 1 has been cautiously welcomed by business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Prime Minister today (Friday July 17) announced that companies will have more discretion to bring staff back to workplaces from the beginning of next month, if it is safe to do so.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome clarity from the Prime Minister that he is starting to set up a pathway towards a firm return to work in the coming weeks.

“There has been uncertainty – particularly from those firms in the services sector with offices – about when they can get back to operating as normally as possible, and hopefully this will give companies the confidence to progress their plans.”

But she warned companies would need clear guidance from government, backed by scientific evidence, to take an informed approach.

She said: “The welfare of staff remains paramount, so our advice to businesses would be to carefully review the updated guidance from the government on August 1 before finalising plans with staff.

“But we have to as a nation get back to work and clearly that is the firm intention behind today’s announcement.”

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