Kevin Ross, director and head of property at Brown Turner Ross offers comment on the Conservative government’s first budget:

“As expected the Chancellor included measures to support the public health response to Coronavirus, which included a 100% reduction in rates for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value below £51,000 and a £3,000 cash grant for some small businesses.

“As a small business owner, the prospect of temporarily losing workforce due to Coronavirus has been a concern for Brown Turner Ross and for many of our clients, I was relieved to see statutory sick pay measures announced to support businesses and employees. This is particularly important as we need to ensure our citizens are supported and the country continues to run whilst we battle the outbreak.”