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Letter to Tom Hunt MP: Lockdown Clarity

As the end of the November lockdown approaches; our Chairman Terry Baxter has written to Ipswich MP, Tom Hunt, calling for the Government to clarify it's plans for reopening so that businesses can prepare.

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Dear Tom Hunt MP,

I am writing to you on behalf of the levy payers of Ipswich Central BID with a simple but urgent request.

As you know well, the current lockdown is causing huge distress to businesses, at what would normally be their busiest time of year.

Indeed, in the case of retailers, they are heavy with stock, desperately managing cashflow and low on confidence. Within the hospitality sector, again the need for a strong period of trading up to and across the festive period is vital if we are not to see more businesses lose hope and their livelihoods as we approach the new year.

One of the most difficult areas for businesses to manage is uncertainty and this is where I am asking you to personally intervene.

Our levy payers need to know how they are coming out of the lockdown, they need to know what restrictions are likely to be put upon them and most important they need that information now so that they can plan to take maximimum advantage of the very short and intensive period to Christmas and year end.

Please use your influence within the corridors of Westminster to encourage an announcement as soon as possible – a few days before does not give Ipswich businesses the best chance of rescuing what has been the toughest year of trading any of us can remember.

I know that you will do all you can and look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Terry Baxter

Chair of Ipswich Central

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