Chrissie McLaren expects next year to be busier than ever for her recruitment business, which provides staff for corporate and sporting events, as well as weddings. It is more than just wishful thinking: with social distancing restrictions eased (hopefully), McLaren’s CM Event Recruitment will be perfectly placed to take advantage of the pent-up demand for large-scale entertainment. That is if it can survive the next few months.
Leeds-based CM is a limited company and McLaren pays herself mainly through dividends. Like hundreds of thousands of other entrepreneurs who have structured their businesses in the same way, she has been excluded from the government’s main coronavirus support programmes for workers. Directors of limited companies have become the forgotten victims of the pandemic.
ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government's Covid-19 financial support measures. We are a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future.
Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded.Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.