Discussing the need for clarity on energy relief for struggling companies, John McCabe, North East England Chamber chief executive, said: “Businesses need certainty and stability now.
“Our members are consistently calling for clarity on energy relief and available resources as they manage the transition into the new energy landscape.
“The longer the government doesn’t commit, the more difficult it is for businesses to plan for the future.
“As identified in our Commercial Energy Relief Consultation Response, the BCC report that 47 per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprises say it will be difficult to pay their energy bills when government support ends, with a further 4 per cent saying they will not be able to pay their energy bills at all.
“We will continue to work directly with our members to feed their thoughts into multiple channels, including the treasury, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and encourage government to set a clear direction of travel before the new year.”