Tough for small business
Practitioners in the beauty industry are grateful for Government’s “cushion”, but some are concerned about what will happen to their businesses after the two-week national pause.
During a press conference last Thursday, Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Kerrie Symmonds said Cabinet had approved assistance of $750 per week for shops over the two-week period, beginning on Wednesday, while vendors will be given $250 for the same time frame. The assistance would extend to beauty salons, barbers, nail technicians, water sports and taxi operators.
Andrew Narine, of Trident Cutz, said this was not a good time for barbers.
“Last year when we were about to come back out in May, most of us would have spent our savings and most of the business money to maintain the shop while we were on lockdown. I am not one of those shops with a huge financial backing. Since reopening I have had to consider if it makes sense going on or what to do,” he said. (RA)
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