The boss of the Independent Garage Association has welcomed the Chancellor’s small business support measures in yesterday’s budget.
“We are pleased to see that financial support for small businesses is being extended in today’s Budget, and thank the Chancellor for responding to our request to continue the Retail Business Rate Relief Scheme into the tax year,” said IGA Chief Executive Stuart James.
James continued: “There are hard times ahead for independent garages. A significant decline in MOT work is expected from April to June, where motorists took advantage of the MOT extension last year. Garages have also experienced lower volumes of servicing and repair work over the past year due to motorists making fewer journeys.
“Extending the furlough and business rate relief schemes will provide the financial assistance needed to help independent garages through this upcoming difficult period, so they can continue their essential work keeping vehicles in their local communities safe and roadworthy” he concluded.
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