Andy Burnham plans to reopen Manchester pubs against Boris Johnson’s coronavirus plan

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham claimed he is planning to reopen pubs and restaurants against Boris Johnson's Government's latest coronavirus advice in an attempt to speed up the economic recovery of the country. Read more: Andy Burnham plans to reopen Manchester pubs against Boris Johnson’s coronavirus plan

Andy Burnham plans to reopen Manchester pubs against Boris Johnson’s coronavirus plan

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham claimed he is planning to reopen pubs and restaurants against Boris Johnson’s Government’s latest coronavirus advice in an attempt to speed up the economic recovery of the country.

Burnham said there should be a “standards-led” easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, with the Health and Safety Executive deciding whether businesses can put effective social distancing measures in place to reopen. Mr Burnham told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I worry that if we’re going down the sectoral approach it could have heavy consequences for a city like Manchester, or say Blackpool – a town that really depends on tourism and hospitality.

“So the impact of a sectoral approach could hit certain places hard, so what I’m saying to the Prime Minister is think about a standards-led approach and actually create a national recovery council because we all need to have a voice in this debate.

“And these decisions that you are about to take are crucial to the economy of the North West of England and we need to be in the room debating it with you.”

He added: “Well I would have this overseen by the Health and Safety Executive so if people are making complaints that (social distancing) procedures aren’t being followed that there could be an investigation and people could be required to close again.”

Mr Burnham added: “We need to start thinking about building a better economy, building back better.

“So one of the other ideas I would put forward today is that ongoing Government support for businesses should be linked to good employment standards and particularly payment of the real living wage.”

The Labour politician said: “We do need to get people ready for living in a very different way, for instance, I’m planning to have social distancing on public transport, so things aren’t going to be the same – we need to be honest with the public about all of that.”

Mr Burnham added: “I think we’re going to see, in time, an inquiry into this one to say that things could’ve… should’ve been done better.

“And I’ve been quite supportive of some of the ways the Health Secretary has handled things, but I think his predecessor, the former health secretary, has some questions to answer because I don’t believe the plans put in place were as robust as they needed to be – but those questions are for another day and it is not for now.”

The Manchester Mayor was followed by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who rejected fresh calls for an early easing of the coronavirus lockdown, saying the outbreak was still at a “delicate and dangerous” stage.

The Government is coming under intense pressure from senior Tories to relax the strict social-distancing measures, amid concern at the damage they are doing to the economy.

But Mr Raab, who has been standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he recovers from the disease, said the Government would proceed “cautiously” in order to avoid a second peak in the outbreak.

“We are at a delicate and dangerous stage,” he told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

“We need to make sure that the next steps are sure-footed, which is why we are proceeding very cautiously and we are sticking to the scientific advice with the social-distancing measures at this time, whilst doing all the homework to make sure that we are prepared in due course for the next phase.”

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2020 NatWest everywoman Awards Open for Nominations

The 2020 NatWest everywoman awards are now open for nominations until 6 July. Read more: 2020 NatWest everywoman Awards Open for Nominations

2020 NatWest everywoman Awards Open for Nominations

The 2020 NatWest everywoman awards are now open for nominations until 6 July.

Against the backdrop of Covid-19, entrepreneurs around the country are already demonstrating their flexibility and vision as demand for new products and services create an unprecedented opportunity for innovation and enterprise.

Centered on the theme ‘Female entrepreneurship: keeping pace in a changing world,’ the 18th annual NatWest everywoman Awards will identify and celebrate the inspirational female founders whose creativity and resilience will help Britain weather the current economic storm.

Announcing £330 billion in state loan guarantees for businesses and £20 billion in tax relief and grants, alongside earlier efforts in last month’s budget to boost enterprise, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has recognised the invaluable contribution of entrepreneurs and small businesses, which provide three fifths of employment in the UK.

However, studies show that funding directed at female-led businesses remains woefully lacking, leading to a major economic shortfall. It is estimated that female entrepreneurs could contribute £250 billion to the economy if they had opportunities to start and scale their businesses at the same rate as men. The disparity creates an economically short-sighted disadvantage for women, particularly at a time of uncertainty when talent and enterprise are needed the most.

Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, comments, “Since we launched these awards in 2003 we have seen thousands of entrepreneurs share the highs and the lows of their business journeys.  The country, indeed the world, now faces its biggest economic challenge in generations.  It will be the entrepreneurs who will be sufficiently adroit to identify and act on the opportunities.  All eyes will be on the business community in the months ahead and our focus will be on the extraordinary women whose vision, energy and ambition will contribute to Britain’s recovery.”

Yvonne Greeves, Director of Women in Business, at NatWest, says: “We are very proud to launch this year’s call for nominations to the NatWest everywoman Awards. Now, more than ever, we need to recognise the importance of female entrepreneurship to the economy and inspire women to take their first steps in business. NatWest has a network of over 600 everywoman accredited Women in Business specialists who understand our customers’ ambitions and provide business advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.”

The 2020  award categories are as follows:

  • FORTUNA – For a stand-out individual who invests in women-founded businesses
  • GAIA – sponsored by Montezuma’s – For an inspirational female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model
  • APHRODITE – sponsored by Daily Mail – For a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under
  • BRAND OF THE FUTURE – sponsored by The White Company – For a female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth
  • ARTEMIS – For an inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years
  • DEMETER – sponsored by Nutriment – For an inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years
  • ATHENA – For an inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years
  • HERA For an inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more

The NatWest everywoman Awards are free to enter and are judged by a panel of esteemed female entrepreneurs whose own journeys mirror those of the entrants: Rosaleen Blair CBE (Alexander Mann Solutions); Chrissie Rucker OBE (The White Company) and Melissa Odabash, amongst others.  The awards are under the patronage of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneur, Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers.

Entries close on 6 July and winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 December 2020 at The Londoner, Leicester Square. For further information and to nominate visit everywoman.com/ewawards

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