The decision to simplify the traffic light system in England will be very welcome news for businesses in the travel sector and beyond.
“The insight BCC gathered on business experience of mobile connectivity during lockdown was fundamental to the development of our policy and stakeholders strategy during the pandemic. The partnership secured strong coverage in our target outlets which has been to key to supporting our objectives.”
During 2020 BCC and Mobile UK have worked in partnership on an initiative to underline the importance of mobile coverage for firms throughout and beyond lockdown to maintain or restart their operations - and why the government should accelerate solutions to improve poor connectivity across the UK.
The national survey conducted in partnership with Mobile UK urged the government to remove barriers to enhancing mobile coverage, like relaxing planning permission for taller mobile phone masts.
Benefits to Mobile UK
Business will be frustrated by the inability of the Government to give them any detail around what circumstances could lead to new restrictions and what support firms could get.
Announcement of a delay is sensible given the ongoing issues with ensuring trader readiness, the need to build more border control posts and the skills shortages crisis.
The jobs market has continued its summer revival as demand for workers has surged following the easing of Covid restrictions. But record vacancies also highlight the acute hiring crisis faced by many firms.