Covid-19 Summit Is Needed to Move Forward-Business Leaders

Trade NI, Northern Irelands largest business coalition, which includes Hospitality Ulster, Manufacturing NI and Retail NI has today written to the First and deputy First Ministers to request an urgent ‘summit’ of business leaders and Executive Ministers to chart an agreed way forward on Covid-19.

The Chief Executives of three groups, Colin Neill (Hospitality Ulster), Stephen Kelly (Manufacturing NI) and Glyn Roberts (Retail NI) said:

“With Furlough ending we urgently need clear and decisive action from the NI Executive.”

“At this critical juncture of the pandemic we need a clear consensus between the Executive and business for a timeline to the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions.”

“Our members are looking at the rest of UK and Ireland and asking why they are still having to live with restrictions and why no timeline to lift them is in place for Northern Ireland.”

“Now is the time for strong leadership from our Executive and we look forward to a positive response to our request.