Covid-19 Survey Omagh Summary

Summary review of survey carried out in Omagh District 20-24th April 2020 by Omagh Chamber of Commerce:

Current Operations
> Only 11% of businesses remain open – classed as essential services
> 53% are closed and not opening at all
> 16% are closed to public but have staff working from home
> 16% are closed but offering takeaway or online sales

Uptake of Government Schemes
> 63% have applied for the Small business Grant (10K)
> 55% have furloughed staff through Job Retention Scheme
> Only 3% have applied for Business Interruption Loan

Top Challenges for businesses in Omagh at the minute
1. General Finance & Cash Flow
2. Customers, Footfall and changes in buying habits
3. Staff & Unemployment
4. Recovery and changes to how we operate in future
5. Suppliers & Stock

Suggestions as to other ways in which Government could help
1. Rates Relief for 12 months
2. Improve timing and eligibility of existing schemes
3. Develop Recovery Initiatives & Support NOW
4. Better support for Self Employed