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From | Thursday 7 May 2020

Business-owners are being asked about issues including whether they have remained open and if staff have been furloughed.

Hull businesses have been asked about the economic effects of Covid-19.

Hull businesses are being invited to tell Hull City Council what help they need to recover from the economic impact of coronavirus.

A survey has now gone live to ask business-owners how they have been affected, whether businesses have remained open and if staff have been furloughed.

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “Coronavirus has had a significant effect on all parts of society, including businesses.

“We are keen to understand more about the impacts of Covid-19 and how we can support business-owners through the current difficulties as well as offering support when businesses are able to reopen up and return to normal.

“We are seeking feedback from all businesses in Hull to understand the impact that Covid-19 has had on their operations so we can get a comprehensive picture of the issues faced and whether the support that has been put in place is meeting the immediate needs.”

The survey will be the first in a series looking at business concerns. It will ask whether businesses are open, whether staff have been furloughed and which businesses have been most affected.

The results will help the council to understand how Government grants and support schemes are helping, while identify opportunities where businesses will need support going forwards.

The information will also help to create a local case for further assistance from the Humber LEP and departments of Government.

Hull City Council has delivered 3,561 of Government grants with a value of £40m, which is 82 per cent of the grants expected to be paid out in the city.

Take the survey here.