I met the Lady Mayor of Rochester once at a social gathering. As we chatted, she mentioned that 70% of the businesses in the city employed less than six people. I suspect this will be the same everywhere. In the years I spent running businesses, I got to know a fair number of other people who ran small businesses on a social basis. Most had been in business for over ten years, had survived tough times as well as the good ones and shared a common quality. They all believed that the success of their businesses was solely down to them, i.e. their workers were useful, but expendable if needs must. The one person, or group of people who would always be employed until the last knockings was the business owner and any family members who worked in their businesses. Understandable of course. It seems to me that Sunak's Job Support Scheme is deluded if it imagines small businesses have sufficient compassion for their workers that they are prepared increase the cost of their labour and not be able to get a full week's work out of them, especially in difficult trading times. I remember reading articles in which the Federation of Small Businesses complained bitterly at the introduction of the minimum wage; and every time it was increased. Virtually all the businessmen I met thought I was stark raving mad for paying my workers more than the minimum wage, so I doubt they'll be taking a long-term view on retaining their workers. But what do you think?