The coronavirus crisis and government business support: revising, rethinking and responding at speed

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Government will discuss the government’s business package.

The speed and scale of the support that the UK government rolled out to businesses following its decision to shut down much of the UK economy in March 2020 was unprecedented in peacetime.

At this event, panellists will discuss how effective the design and implementation of these measures has been, how the government worked with the private sector to understand what was needed and refine the policies, what new difficulties arise as the government tries to lift restrictions and how government should work with businesses to understand those and adapt policy to deliver for the public interest.


  • Baroness Morgan of Cotes, former Treasury minister and former chair of the Treasury Select Committee
  • Josh Hardie, Deputy Director-General, Policy and Campaigns at the Confederation of British Industry
  • Martin McTague, National Vice Chair Policy and Advocacy at the Federation of Small Business
  • Giles Wilkes, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.
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