Cork Chamber Responds to Cabinet Decisions on Business Supports & Microgeneration

 

Cork Chamber welcomes deepened supports for those hit by latest restrictions

The business supports announced today have widened the net to allow more businesses hit by the latest restrictions to avail of support. It brings some relief to those in the arts and hospitality sector just days before Christmas with measures including the reopening of the EWSS to new applicants, the availability of the CRSS to those who have closed their doors due to the new restrictions and a relaxation of the turnover reduction figure to 40% for those who have remained open.
 
Speaking following the Government’s announcement this afternoon Cork Chamber CEO Conor Healy said, “It is vital that businesses affected by the latest restrictions have access to the financial supports they need to ease the impact of restrictions which saw their opening hours and capacity cut. Today’s announcement will provide a degree of comfort ahead of what would traditionally be an exceptionally busy time of year for those in the arts and hospitality, but challenges lay ahead in the new year that will need to be addressed to prevent many businesses closing.”
 
“It is vital that businesses affected by these restrictions are supported into the new year if COVID19 does not improve. Recovery is dependent on a thriving arts and hospitality industry as are those in sub supply sector and the retail sector who rely on city/town centre footfall to function themselves. The onus is now on the Government to signal its intent for the post-Christmas period regarding restrictions and all supports to enable businesses to better prepare themselves should COVID19 continues to cause disruption.”
 

Microgeneration Progress Essential but Business Must be Fully Included in Transition of Our Built Environment

 Cork Chamber Director of Public Affairs Thomas Mc Hugh said, “The inclusion of business in the micro renewable grant scheme and the ability to sell to the grid is essential to reach our climate targets. Business must be supported in every element of the evolution of our built fabric from micro generation to the communities grant scheme. The generation of renewable energy must be matched with reduced consumption. Business can take a different and longer view on capital expenditure than many households and can make a real impact on our energy consumption if supported to do so.
 
It is essential also that the ambition and policy for large scale renewable generation is significantly increased for technologies such as floating offshore wind, green hydrogen and biogas if the business of our energy transition is to thrive rather than falter at this moment of opportunity.”