The British Office Supplies and Services Federation (BOSS) in conjunction with its partner the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), has urgently called for further direct support for the business supplies sector and the printing industry during the coronavirus crisis.
BOSS, as the voice of the UK supplies and services industry (with a £10 billion turnover) highlighted to the government that its members are directly related to maintaining the productivity of businesses through the key distribution of products and services to businesses, schools and hospitals throughout the UK.
With the additional weight of the BPIF who represent the printing industry (with a £14 billion turnover) they jointly reported unprecedented pressures on their industries and members, the vast majority of whom are small and medium-sized enterprises.
Central to both Federation’s lobbying efforts are a number of measures that they have asked the Government to implement.
- Extending Business Rates Relief beyond the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, in order to match the economic impact being felt more widely across UK business
- Widening of the key worker category to include skilled workers in key manufacturing supply chains
- Deferment of VAT, PAYE and NIC payments, direct support for companies and individuals to reduce and avoid the impact of layoffs, 6 months delay to the implementation of the increase in the National Minimum Wage
They are also calling for:
Specific and immediate support and guidance to lend confidence that employees can be retained and paid during the business downturn
For companies having to consider lay-offs, measures to help affected staff must be backed by Government the two Federations have stated
Amy Hutchinson, BOSS Federation CEO said, “with events changing daily, further support is needed from government to help our sector and the wider economy through this challenging period and to enable businesses to rebuild effectively when it is over. Urgent measures are needed now to ensure that companies are able to stay afloat and retain their staff. We appreciate the government’s efforts to engage with us so far and hope they have incorporated our suggestions into their future intentions.”
BOSS and BPIF have produced an analysis of Tuesday's government announcement and further detailed support for members is available at www.bossfederation.com/coronavirus
The BOSS Business Supplies Charity exists to help those in our industry who are in need. BOSS recognises that COVID – 19 is, and will continue to, impact many people in our sector adversely, including their finances.
Accordingly, BOSS has put together a one-off care package to help support individuals who work, or used to work, in the stationery and business supplies industry. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the form from the BOSS website.
For information on claiming government benefits for unpaid leave and short-time working, please visit www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/jobseekers-allowance
For dedicated information to help support your business at this time, go to www.bossfederation.com/coronavirus.
BOSS has also created an email for dedicated support for members who need HR, H&S or Legal guidance or advice in regard to the coronavirus: email@example.com
For more information: www.bossfederation.com/boss-business-supplies-charity/downloads/