Today, the Business Minister wrote to me to outline what the government is doing to support our wedding industry. The letter is below.
The Minister outlines the package of support available to businesses- including the 'Restart grants', the self-employed grant available from April, VAT Deferrals, the Recovery Loan Scheme- and outlines the roadmap to the full return of weddings. Having met with the government to discuss weddings and worked with firms across our area, I am pleased that a number of these measures were announced in the Budget earlier this month.
Having discussed this issue with local businesses I have written to Ministers to ask the government to allow for Covid-secure preparations, rehearsals and viewings ahead of lockdown reopening.
I will continue to push for clarity so that our local wedding industry can maximise their trading output as soon as we emerge from lockdown restrictions.