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Cornish businesses quiz Environment Secretary over Covid-19 concerns

Cornish businesses quiz Environment Secretary over Covid-19 concerns

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:38am 17th June 2020.

Businesses across Cornwall and the south west have been speaking to the Environment Secretary about challenges they have been facing during the coronavirus pandemic.

George Eustice, who is also the MP for Camborne and Redruth, has been asking locals how the government can continue to support people through the crisis.

The bosses of Cornwall-based Ocean Fish and Kepak, along with fishermen Julian Baker and Andy Giles and Devon farmer David Chugg, were among a raft of businesses to speak to George Eustice during a special business roundtable.

The virtual meeting is one of many similar being held by the Conservative Party to speak to small and medium businesses across the country to hear their views during the pandemic and to get feedback on any government schemes they have been involved in.

Commenting on the meeting, the Secretary of State said the direct input of businesses was vital to understanding the individual challenges that various sectors were currently facing.

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“As an MP in the South West and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs I understand the enormous challenges the food, fishing and farming sectors in the region are facing.

“The government has been working closely with food industry and overall, most businesses in the agri-food sector have adjusted and adapted to the loss of their markets, but I appreciate things are still very challenging for many.

“The government has founded an array of schemes and packages to help out SMEs across all industries and it was encouraging to hear how some of them have helped our fishermen and farmers too.

“It is vitally important to hear the views of people running businesses right now on how we can continue to help the sector going forwards.

“Once we are through this pandemic, there are some important times ahead for the food, fishing and farming industries and this government will continue to do whatever it takes to support these vital industries in the months ahead.”

George Eustice, Environment Secretary and MP for Camborne and Redruth

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