With Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to announce an extension to UK lockdown restrictions this evening, in response to rising cases in the Delta variant of COVID-19, a survey of more than 400 UK business leaders found that the majority (51%) were worried delays to lockdown easing, driven by the Delta variant will negatively impact their business.
In the survey, commissioned by One World Express, a further 46% believe that Government support schemes have been vital to their post-COVID survival, raising the question as to whether further support should be required in should restrictions continue beyond June 21.
The survey found that:
- 51% of decision makers are concerned about the impact of the Indian variant of COVID-19 on their business;
- 46% said COVID-19 has overshadowed Brexit preparations within their business;
- 10% of businesses think the Government provided enough support and information about the changes brought about by Brexit; and
- 46% of businesses claim that Government support schemes have been essential to them surviving the pandemic.
Atul Bhakta, chief executive of One World Express, said: “The research shows that confidence is returning among British businesses, but that confidence is fragile. The threat of new variants, which could disrupt the roadmap for fully lifting lockdown restrictions, is weighing heavily on business leaders’ minds.
“The past 18 months have been a tale of two crises. But it seems the pandemic has largely overshadowed Brexit, both in terms of Government support and also businesses’ priorities.”