‘It’s a nightmare’: the business owners left behind by Sunak’s winter plan

Ineligible for support or unable to trade, small business owners and freelancers voice their concerns

Rishi Sunak’s winter economic plan has drawn cautious praise from business lobby groups but thousands of small businesses and freelancers say they will see no benefit from measures designed to avoid a tsunami of job losses.

The arts, hospitality and live events sectors have been particularly hard hit, because many are simply unable to trade under the conditions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Others haven’t been eligible for support, or not enough to keep them going.

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