Of the 331 respondents to the poll, all of whom are board level operators or founders, 39% criticised the Government’s handling saying that it has been poor, while 54% say it acted as well as could be expected.
Meanwhile just 8% say they think the government has handled the crisis well.
“The Government started off relatively well with the furlough scheme (albeit it should have been more sector specific as it is too generous for some) then it went downhill from there,” says one operator.
“The messaging/guidance has been horrendous. Finally, the lack of grant support for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or more is a scandal given the broken rates system it is based on in the first place.”
Another says: “Considering how much the industry contributes to the economy, the handling of this has been woeful.”
Responding to a question on business confidence, 48% says they are quite confident about the future, while 32% say they have little confidence in what lies ahead, with one operator warning: “It’s going to be a very hard journey out of this.”