The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the Government to implement a £1.2bn wage subsidy scheme that could help design groups to avoid making redundancies.
Intended to prevent mass lay-offs, the FSB wants the measure to be introduced ‘as soon as it can – today, if possible’, according to a spokeswoman for the federation.
She adds, ‘The scheme would suit all small businesses, including design businesses. Losing a skilled member of the team can affect a business very badly. This scheme would allow the business to keep going through the downturn.’
Design and other business owners would be able to apply for the Government to pay for up to 60 per cent of an employee’s normal wage for up to six months. The entire scheme could provide support for up to 600 000 workers a year.
In January, the Welsh Assembly announced that it will launch a one-year subsidy scheme called ProAct, that provides employers with a £2000 wage subsidy for workers on short-term hours.