Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, raised concerns of local businesses in Parliament this week, urging ministers to set out support for the small independent hospitality sector.
On Wednesday, Gwynne and local councillors David Sedgwick, Dena Ryness and Janet Mobbs, met with traders at School Lane and Manchester Road in Heaton Chapel, including Heaton Hops and Feed General Store.
They discussed the challenges that Coronavirus poses to their businesses and considered how the small hospitality businesses can re-open safely once restrictions are lifted on food and drink sales.
There are concerns over how businesses operating on small premises will be able to operate under the current
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Keeping people safe during this outbreak should always be the highest priority, but we also need to think carefully about the impact of the lockdown on the local businesses that we all love.
“I was very glad to meet with local businesses in Heaton Chapel to discuss their concerns and some potential solutions to the challenges that this crisis poses to them.
“We need to hear more from the Government on how they will support the small independent hospitality sector through these difficult times.”