What they said
We need a real commitment to give every business, large or small, the opportunity to grow, innovate and succeed. This future economy won't be created in any one Budget, but today we lay the foundations.
We needed a Budget to fix our economy... to build a more secure and prosperous economy for the future. Instead we got a Budget that papered over the cracks rather than rebuilding the foundations.
The Chancellor has gone above and beyond to protect UK businesses and people's livelihoods through the crisis and get firms spending.
Extensions to furlough, business rates relief and VAT reductions give firms a fighting chance not only to restart but also to rebuild.
The continuation of business rates and VAT discounts is critical, and it's important that those in supply chains benefit from them, not just those that neatly fit the definitions of frontline retail, leisure and hospitality.