Commenting on Government’s plan to help businesses with their energy costs through the next six months Chris Weeks, Executive Director of the National Body Repair Association (NBRA) said:
“We are pleased to see the Government taking action to support business with the increasing energy costs prices. The announcement was much needed and it will give relief to our members that are facing utility bills that have risen by more than 250% in the past year.”
“However, we are still extremely worried for our members, who will still need support after the 6 months’ timeframe.
The nature of our work means that we are high users of electricity and gas. We estimate that the average body shop uses 160,000kWh/year of electricity and 400,000 kWh/year of gas, which equates to bills of £65k total in the year to June 2022.
On August 30, NBRA wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and many other Government departments urging government support for vehicle repairers.
Chris Weeks continued, “Body shops play a vital role for the automotive industry and are crucial to our communities, therefore financial support from Government is imperative to keep them in business.”
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