The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is warning the government that ensuring the reopening of schools in England and Wales is managed effectively will be vital to the recovery of smaller firms.
Schools across the country are beginning to reopen again at the start of this month, following months of closure during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and they are currently putting in place measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their staff and pupils. There remains a lot of doubt over exactly how many children will go back to school, with a lot of teachers and parents still questioning whether it is safe, and the FSB claims this could have real consequences for small firms.
Its national chairman, Mike Cherry, told Yahoo Finance that there were a number of reasons why getting pupils back to school safely and efficiently was so essential for the economic recovery of smaller firms:
“Many of the 16 million people who work in a small business across the UK have childcare responsibilities. Equally, there are firms that directly rely on footfall linked to schools.”
A survey of people who run their own small business, conducted by the FSB, showed that 23% of those who took part needed schools to open again to be able to fully re-start their businesses.
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