There is no hiding the worry, strain and anxiety facing businesses tonight as the Prime Minister announced a second lockdown for England. These are very dark times indeed but our community has shown its strength of character and resilience to come through the other side before and I am sure we can so that together again.
The determination of businesses in Croydon town centre across the summer months leading into the autumn, to rebuild, to refocus and adapt to a changing landscape across our high streets is a shining example of what can be done together, in partnership.
Which is why tonight's decision will leave many, obviously despondent and concerned for the future.
The extension of the furlough system is, without question the right and logical step to take in light of the announcement. However, as we have said on numerous occasions and. in particular. when lobbying on your behalf as leaders of the Raise The Bar campaign, the Government needs to support the businesses with funding across core sectors affected by this lockdown, namely retail, hospitality and leisure.
In the days and weeks ahead, our team will be working directly with our national partners, Members of Parliament and Government to press the need for greater support so that businesses that contribute, not just to the economy but to our communities, are supported in the right and proper way.
Throughout this process, we will be calling on the Government for clarity in its communication at every step of the way and most importantly of all, a route map out of the lockdown so that you, our businesses can start to plan to rebuild for the future.
Croydon BID, as we have before, will play a central role alongside our partners and stakeholders to help revitalise our town centre for the future.
Chief Executive, Croydon BID