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Federation of Small Businesses Scotland policy chairman Andrew McRae says "We need to see a lockdown timeline" for the country’s working population

By Gregor White

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Federation of Small Businesses.
Federation of Small Businesses.

Firms need more detail about dates for the wider easing of lockdown, a leading business group has said.

Following the announcement of a return to in-school education for some Scottish pupils from next week, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) wants more detail for the country’s working population.

FSB Scotland policy chairman Andrew McRae said: “A draft timeline would allow many debt-laden operators to put in place measures to give them a chance of surviving. We can’t see local businesses collapse during the final mile of this marathon just because they don’t know the finish line is around the corner.”

Highland development manager David Richardson added: “The situation is critical across Scotland, but nowhere more so than in the Highlands, where 54 per cent of businesses are currently closed, 45 per cent of them by law. The future of many of our great businesses depends on a relatively early reopening or, failing that, substantial government support to tide them over until we do.”

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